5 Beauty Sleep Inducing Foods
Tryptophan is that amino acid we all associate with going into a food coma during Christmas or festive seasons, when we eat our fill and don’t care about consequence. It converts to serotonin and melatonin, the brain’s natural relaxation chemicals. Aside from turkey, it’s actually found in a slew of other foods, too. Fruits like bananas, nuts, seeds, honey and eggs typically have more tryptophan in them
Balancing these tryptophan foods with a healthy high-carb foods, such as whole wheat crackers, beans and whole grain pastas actually ensures the tryptophan will stay in your system.
According to Beauty.com these are a few other sleep-promoting bedtime snacks you can nibble on an hour before you hit the hay:
- Banana and nuts. Have half of a banana with a handful of your favorite nuts.
- Crackers and peanut butter. Get a few whole wheat crackers and spread on some all-natural peanut butter for a mix of complex carbs and protein with tryptophan.
- A bowl of cereal. The milk contains tryptophan and the whole-grain cereal adds the complementary complex carbs. Just be sure to ditch the Captain Crunch—avoiding sugar helps prevent a sleep-disruptive blood sugar crash during the night.
- Cheese stick. Munching on a low-fat cheese stick before bed supplies tryptophan. Plus, a lean protein can leave you calm and less frazzled while keeping your blood sugar on an even keel during the night, according to Kirkpatrick.
Just be sure to eat dinner at least three hours before bedtime and have a snooze-inducing snack about an hour before you climb under the sheets. You don’t want to go to bed full or completely hungry—both can disrupt your sleep.