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Best foods for sleep

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Jun 4, 2013 4:54:00 PM

What are the best foods for sleeping? You can probably already guess a few that aren’t good: sugar and caffeine. But did you know some foods out there can actually aid your sleep?

Cool, right? First, foods that have tryptophan, an amino acid that encourages sleep, are great. Turkey and milk are two common sources, but egg whites, shellfish and nuts are also good.

Halibut, salmon and tuna contain high levels of vitamin B6, which encourages the production of melatonin. Melatonin is a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness. Bananas are also high in B6, as are chickpeas – enjoy a big helping of hummus!

Whole grains are high in magnesium, and a lack of that mineral can make it hard to stay asleep. Calcium deficiency has also been shown to make it difficult to stay asleep, so a diet rich in leafy greens, kale (easy to grow in Alaska!) and dairy products is important.

Happy sleeping!

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