5 Foods That Help Fall Asleep

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We all have trouble falling asleep at times, but did you know that certain foods can help you fall asleep? Today, we share five foods and our best sleep hacks, that you can do before bed to help you have a more restful night of sleep.  As a teenager I know that falling asleep can be challenging, especially after a long school day.

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1. Kiwi

These fruits can help you fall asleep due to the fact that they have serotonin, the sleep-regulating brain chemical. Not only that, but they also are filled with antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, which reduces inflammation. Although more scientific studies are needed to show how kiwis are able to help you sleep better, studies have shown that if you eat two of these fruits before going to bed, they may be able to help you fall asleep better and faster. 

2. Almonds, Turkey & Milk

These foods are rich in Tryptophan. Tryptophan has been linked to production of serotonin as well as melatonin, which are associated with regulating sleep patterns.  Try this sleep hack by eating a few of almonds or have a glass of milk before going to sleep and see if they help you fall asleep and sleep better.

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3. Montmorency cherries

These cherries are high sources of melatonin, and can help you sleep sounder and fall asleep faster.  Both tart cherry juice and tart cherries have melatonin, so if you prefer the drink over the fruit, it still has the same result. These cherries keep tryptophan in your body longer, and some studies suggest that they not only help you fall asleep but also help you sleep longer.

We hope that this list of food helps you fall asleep faster & sleep better, as well as gives you a small bit of happiness.


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