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6 Power Foods That Help Fight Insomnia

By    |   Thursday, 13 Aug 2015 06:38 PM

Some foods can keep you up at night, but others have the opposite effect. Here are six foods that can help insomnia.

1. Turkey: The inability to stay awake after a big Thanksgiving meal is partially connected to the amino acid tryptophan, which is found in turkey. Eating turkey can help you relax and potentially sleep better. It also helps the body produce melatonin, which is the hormone that regulates sleep patterns.

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2. Milk: Milk also contains tryptophan, and the calcium found in milk is an added benefit for those trying to sleep. "Calcium (found in cheese, yogurt, milk, and these surprising sources) helps the brain use the tryptophan found in dairy to manufacture sleep-triggering melatonin," according to Reader's Digest.

3. Cereal: Pour that milk into a bowl of cereal right before bed to get the added sleep helper of a little carb loading. "Carbohydrates make tryptophan more available to the brain, which is why carbohydrate-heavy meals can make you drowsy," says the National Sleep Foundation.

4. Honey: Honey is an essential part of the "hibernation diet," developed by a British pharmacist and his nutritionist son. They say a teaspoon or two of honey before bed will not only help you sleep but also keep your liver working overnight, which boosts your metabolism while you're asleep.

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5. Almonds: Top on the list of AARP-suggested insomnia-fighting foods is the magnesium-containing almond. Magnesium is a muscle relaxer, which also makes the magnesium-rich banana a great food choice for fighting insomnia.

6. Green veggies: According to the National Library of Medicine, folic acid can help with sleep problems. Green veggies like spinach, okra, and broccoli are naturally high in folic acid.

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