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Before You Hit the Hay, Snack on This


A restless night is never fun, and lack of sleep contributes to much more than red eyes and sudden coffee addictions. If you're experiencing trouble sleeping, finding a way to incorporate the following vitamins and hormones into your diet will help prepare your body for a night of sweet dreams. EatingWell.com compiled an article full of studies that uncovered which foods are best for a successful night's sleep. Here's the recap of the super ingredients within those foods:

  • Melatonin can be found in pill form, but this hormone is found in tart cherry juice, too. Insomniacs participating in a study fell asleep easier when drinking tart cherry juice twice a day.
  • Magnesium helps you stay asleep, maintaining your sleep rhythm. Magnesium-rich bulgur wheat, barley and other whole grains are a great way to satisfy your magnesium intake.
  • Calcium is important for more than just your bones. Milk, yogurt and leafy greens (such as kale) can improve your ability to rest, especially when your body is not receiving enough calcium.
  • Tryptophan, made famous by Thanksgiving Day eaters, is a sleep-inducing chemical reaction in your brain. Jasmine rice has a high glycemic-index which triggers tryptophan easier than other types of low glycemic-index dishes.
  • Vitamin b helps produce melatonin, a sleep-friendly hormone that takes effect when triggered by darkness. Foods rich in Vitamin b include chickpeas, bananas, fortified cereals and certain types of fish.

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