By Jeanne Laktash
How you slept last night sets the tone for the whole day. Good slumber? You feel like you can take on the world. Bad one? Might hit the snooze button a time or two. But there’s an easy — and surprising — way to get better Zzzs.
If you’re looking for more rest (and aren’t we all?), try munching on these foods before bed. Each has a few secret sleep-boosting superpowers:
Melatonin and magnesium
Tryptophan, which your brain converts to serotonin
Calcium and tryptophan
High levels of serotonin
- White rice
High glycemic index (so eat in moderation)
Magnesium and tryptophan
- Chamomile tea
Antioxidants like flavones and apigenin
Another way to get a better snooze?
Avoid caffeine, alcohol and rich, fatty or spicy foods for at least an hour or two before turning in for the evening.
Yogurt banana split
For an evening nosh, try this dreamy, creamy banana split. The Greek yogurt, banana and nuts all promote healthy sleep.
- 1 banana
- ½ cup nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt
- ½ cup berries
- ½ teaspoon raw honey
- 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts (optional)
Slice banana lengthwise and place in bowl. Top with yogurt and berries. Drizzle honey and sprinkle nuts (if using) over the top. Eat up and conk out.