Choose these foods to increase your odds of sleeping well tonight.
This content was created by the National Sleep Foundation
When it comes to getting a great night’s sleep, the snacks you eat—especially in the evening—plays a pivotal role. You probably know to avoid caffeine, as the stimulant keeps you awake. And it’s better to choose fresh fruit over packaged snacks with processed sugar, which can cause energy levels to rise and fall rapidly.
So what foods won’t interfere with your sleep? Check out these tasty options, below. And remember: Eating immediately before bed is counterproductive to sleep. If you get the hunger pangs, aim to have a small snack an hour or so before lights out to give your body a chance to digest it.
Peanut Butter on Whole Wheat Toast with Sliced Banana
Complex carbohydrates like those in whole wheat bread take longer to break down, helping you feel fuller and lowering the odds of waking in the middle of the night with hunger pangs. Bananas add potassium, which can prevent muscle cramping during sleep.
Celery with Hummus
Celery may help to alleviate acid reflux, and it’s also a source of potassium, aiding in muscle relaxation. The blend of protein and complex carbohydrates in hummus will keep you feeling full with stabilized blood sugar levels throughout the night.
Popcorn with Parmesan
At three cups per serving, popcorn can be a filling, satisfying snack. Skip the butter and add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese: Parmesan contains tryptophan, which can help you sleep when paired with carbohydrates like popcorn.
Greek yogurt contains potassium, calcium, and magnesium, important minerals for electrolyte balance, which helps the body’s muscles and organs function smoothly. Plus, it’s easy on the stomach, thanks to probiotics which improve gut health.