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8 Surprising Foods That May Help You Sleep

It seems as though people nowadays are continuously looking for newer and better ways of how to fall asleep fast. Well, fortunately you may not have to look much further than your pantry. It may seem to easy to be true, but there are a few certain foods out there that could actually help you get the good night’s sleep you deserve. Read on to see what you should be stocking the fridge with so that you may be able to sleep easier.

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Cheese and Crackers

Cheese and Crackers

You thought the first on the list would be warm milk, didn’t you? Well, actually some experts say that most dairy products can help you sleep better. The calcium found in these foods help the brain use the tryptophan in the dairy to manufacture melatonin.

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Toast

Toast

Any foods rich in carbohydrates, like toast or pretzels, cause our blood sugar to spike, which in turn triggers our body to produce insulin in order to bring it back down. This is why sometimes after eating a meal full of carbs you feel energized briefly, but then quickly crash into a tired state of mind. Insulin also brings tryptophan and serotonin to the party, which are two chemicals in the brain that help us feel relaxed.

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Cherries or Cherry Juice

Cherries or Cherry Juice

According to researchers from Universities of Pennsylvania and Rochester, tart cherries naturally boost level of melatonin. Researchers suggest eating cherries an hour before bedtime to help you fall asleep fast.

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Chamomile Tea

Chamomile Tea

This is a more common remedy seen for those wondering how to fall asleep fast. Researchers have found that drinking chamomile tea is linked with and increase of the chemical glycine, which relaxes muscles and nerves and is known to act as a mild sedative.

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Bananas

Bananas

Bananas are a good source of both potassium and magnesium, which are natural muscle relaxants for our bodies.

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Kale

Kale

Well, actually any green, leafy vegetables are loaded with calcium, which in turn helps the brain use tryptophan to produce melatonin. Spinach, Bok Choy, and broccoli are other good choices that have the same effect.

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Fish

Fish

You know how everyone says that turkey is the answer to how to fall asleep fast after spending Thanksgiving with your family? That is because of the tryptophan found in turkey. However, fish are even richer in tryptophan than turkey.

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Almonds

Almonds

Almonds are great snack for many reasons, but the amount of magnesium and calcium packed into almonds make for a quick and easy bedtime snack for those nights you are lying awake brainstorming how to fall asleep fast.

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Writer

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Mary-Martin White writes for Sleep Genius. He is a writer at Fusion 360, an advertising agency in Utah.

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