22 Top Foods to Help You Sleep Better (No Pills or Alcohol Needed!)

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Most people are aware that their Thanksgiving turkey can make them feel sleepy because it contains a substance called tryptophan. What most people don’t know is that there are many other foods that can also work the same way.

If you have problems falling asleep sometimes it can be a real problem. You know you need to rest but for a wide variety of reasons, sleep just seems to be an elusive beast that can’t be caught.

Few things are more frustrating than wanting to fall asleep, but instead you toss and turn, watching the clock and thinking “If I fall asleep now, at least I can get X number of hours.” The clock keep moving and that X number gets smaller and smaller until about an hour or two before you have to wake up, you magically fall asleep!  It’s so annoying!

You don’t need to fall back on alcohol or pills in order to fall asleep. There are plenty of natural foods you can make for dinner or as a late night snack when you have trouble falling asleep. We have made a list that has 22 of the best food and drink options around. You are sure to like at least a few of the foods on this list.

So get busy reading so you can find out what to make for dinner tonight or what to pick up at the store so that you can finally get a good night’s sleep.


1. Almonds

Almonds are a great source of magnesium and calcium. Calcium stimulates the production of melatonin, which is a hormone that regulates your sleep cycle. You might want to consider making yourself some almond butter on a slice of whole grain bread as a late night snack on those nights you can’t sleep. Studies done at the National Institute of Heath note that when you eat high protein foods (such as almonds) in combination with carbs (such as whole grain bread) your body responds much better to the tryptophan than when you eat only protein. So think almond butter on whole grain toast or oatmeal with some almonds on top next time you can’t sleep.


2. Tart Cherries

Not sweet cherries, like Bing cherries, but tart cherries, as these boost the body’s supply of melatonin. Look, for example, for some tart cherry juice (with no added sugar) and drink that as a late night snack.

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