foods to help you sleep better

adding certain foods to your diet may help to increase your odds of a successful slumber:

  1. Fish: Most fish-and especially salmon, halibut and tuna-boast vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin (a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness)
  2. Jasmine rice: When healthy sleepers ate carbohydrate-rich suppers of veggies and tomato sauce over rice, they fell asleep significantly faster at bedtime if the meal included high-glycemic-index (GI) jasmine rice
  3. Tart cherry juice: In a small study, melatonin-rich tart cherry juice was shown to aid sleep.
  4. Yogurt: Dairy products like yogurt and milk boast healthy doses of calcium-and there’s research that suggests being calcium-deficient may make it difficult to fall asleep
  5. Whole grains: Bulgur, barley and other whole grains are rich in magnesium-and consuming too little magnesium may make it harder to stay asleep

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read article on Yahoo! Shine by Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D for EatingWell Magazine: 5 Foods to Help You Sleep Better

* see post on foods to avoid
* see post on timeline for better sleep

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