If you want to fall asleep naturally, you may find the perfect remedy in your refrigerator. Just as coffee and chocolate may keep you wide awake, other foods will help you sleep. The Savory has helpfully compiled a list of the top 10 foods and drinks that will help you snooze soon after you hit the pillow:
1. Walnuts, almonds and pistachios
Each of these tasty nuts has a magic sleep ingredient. Walnuts have tryptophan, almonds are rich in magnesium and pistachios have vitamin B6.
Yes, your salad can make you sleepy. For the greatest effect, simmer several large lettuce leaves in a cup of water for 15 minutes. Throw in some mint and enjoy.
This is a well-known sleep-inducer thanks to the tryptophan, a heroin-like substance helps create serotonin and melatonin, both integral to our body clock.
4. Jasmine rice
White rice has long been touted as a food that will help you sleep, but jasmine rice, also known as Thai fragrant rice, works even faster. It’s a long-grain rice with a nutty aroma.
5. Caffeine-free herbal tea
Chamomile tea is probably the most popular herbal tea for beating insomnia. Bonus: It will also calm an upset stomach and boost your immune system.
Honey increases insulin levels, allowing tryptophan to more easily flood your brain. Drip a little honey into your chamomile tea and go right to sleep.
Elk meat contains nearly twice as much tryptophan as turkey.
8. Salmon and tuna
Both of these popular types of fish are packed with vitamin B6, which helps the body create melatonin, the chemical that is naturally generated by darkness.
A calcium deficiency can make it more difficult to fall asleep. Foods rich in calcium included yogurt, milk and fortified cereals.
Make a sleepy-time quiche with milk, cheese, salmon and other sleepy-time ingredients.