Foods to Help You Sleep: National Sleep Awareness Week


It’s National Sleep Awareness Week this week, March 5-11, and did you know that your choice of bedtime snack can affect the quality of the Zs you’re getting? The National Sleep Foundation actually suggests that you look for a snack that has both protein and carbohydrates. The carbohydrates and the tryptophan together will help release insulin and get the seratonin and the melatonin to the right places and levels to help you sleep. Soon, you’ll be off in dreamland.

Whole Foods was kind enough to send over a few suggestions that combine both the protein and the carbohydrates to help you catch a few extra winks and blinks in the middle of the night. Everyone feels better after a good night’s rest.
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  • Almonds and Sour Cherries 1 of 6
    Almonds and Sour Cherries
    Almonds have both tryptophan and magnesium, so a handful of these with a few rice crackers or some tart cherries, which contain melatonin, will get you in the sleepy mood in no time.
    Make White Chocolate Almond Cherry Granola with 365 Everyday Value Unsalted Roasted Almonds and Sour Cherries for a bedtime snack.
  • Bananas 2 of 6
    Bananas
    Magnesium and potassium rich bananas help overworked muscles relax, and when muscles relax they are ready for rest. Plus, this allows you to get your ice cream fix, too.
    Make One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream with Whole Trade Bananas
  • Edamame 3 of 6
    Edamame
    Edamame makes for a great salty bedtime snack. Mixed with rice for a carbohydrate and protein based snack, and you're on your way to dreamland in no time.
    Pineapple-Ginger Rice with Edamame via Whole Foods Market
  • Oatmeal 4 of 6
    Oatmeal
    A warm bowl of oatmeal can serve as a glass of warm milk, when you put the milk right on the oatmeal. Spice it up with your favorite flavors, and you can end your day the same way you maybe started it.
    Make Chia Walnut Oatmeal with 365 Everyday Value Instant Oatmeal
  • Yogurt 5 of 6
    Yogurt
    Yogurt is the ideal food to get your protein and carbs in one sitting as it's half one and half the other. Try the 365 Everyday Value or one of the many other brands. (I have a soft spot for FAGE and Wallaby Greek yogurts with blueberries myself.)
    Make a Blackberry Yogurt Parfait
  • Tea 6 of 6
    Tea
    Of course, there's always tea. Allegro offers a few caffeine-free varieties that will soothe your right into sleep. Peaceful Slumber, Relaxing Chamomile, I'm already drifting off.
    Make the Perfect Cup of Tea

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