Foods that Help You Sleep

Our bodies are delicate machines and food is our fuel. Sugary foods like fruit and sweets can rev up our motor and give us a boost of energy. Other foods can help us relax and go to sleep. Establishing a regular bedtime routine also promotes good sleeping habits. Combining the two is a good way to make sure you and your children get the nighttime rest you need.

Here are 8 foods that can help you get to sleep. Snack on one of these healthy foods while watching the Nighty Night video and you’ll soon be slumbering.

  1. A warm cup of milk or cocoa. Go easy on the chocolate though as it’s a stimulant.
  2. A turkey sandwich. The tryptophan in turkey encourages sleepiness.
  3. Bowl of oatmeal or whole grain cereal. The extra carbohydrates increase lethargy.
  4. A scrambled egg or fried egg sandwich. Eggs contain serotonin and melatonin, both of which make us sleepy.
  5. Salmon sushi or sliced salmon on crackers. Like eggs, salmon contains large quantities of serotonin and melatonin.
  6. A banana. The magnesium in bananas helps muscles relax.
  7. A cup of chamomile tea. An old remedy, the herb chamomile aids relaxation and is a natural treatment for insomnia and stomach upsets.
  8. Add a teaspoon of honey to your chamomile tea or bowl of oatmeal. The sugar in honey is a stimulant, so limit honey at bedtime to a teaspoon.

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