6 Evening Foods for a Better Night’s Sleep

Do you stumble around in a daze? Is a lack of zzz’s leaving you zombified? You can help your body sleep better by choosing foods that naturally support healthy shut-eye. Give your body these 6 evening foods for a better night’s sleep.

Sleep is an often-neglected part of our busy lifestyles. Numerous studies have linked poor sleep to serious conditions including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes. Lack of sleep has been connected to a higher risk of car accidents that could endanger you and those you love. (Poor sleep was even implicated in the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident in Pennsylvania as well as the Exxon Valdez oil disaster [1].) Chronic lack of sleep also ruins your sex drive and impacts your relationships.

Some women are more prone to sleep trouble than others. You’re at higher risk for chronic poor sleep if you do shift work, or if you have ADHD, asthma, depression, sleep apnea, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, or fibromyalgia. If you have one of these or another condition that impacts sleep, talk with your doctor and eat these foods for better sleep so you can live your best life.
1. Salmon and Tuna
Tangerine Grilled Tuna

These fish include vitamin B6, a component of melatonin production. Melatonin is the body’s natural sleepy-time hormone. Add foods for better sleep like Tangerine Grilled Tuna and Grilled Salmon Sliders to the dinner menu.
2. Tart Cherry Juice

Tart Cherry Juice
Give your body a natural melatonin boost with this beverage. Research suggests drinking tart cherry juice, which contains melatonin, relieves insomnia and increases total sleep time [2].
3. Bananas
Banana Cream, A Healthy Ice Cream

Like salmon and tuna, bananas are rich in vitamin B6, which helps produce melatonin. Treat yourself to Slow Cooker Honey Bananas or Banana Cream for a healthy evening dessert.
4. Almonds
Almond Butter and Banana Sandwiches

These healthy nuts are rich in magnesium, a natural muscle relaxant and sleep aid. When you need an evening snack that supports sleep, try 3-Ingredient Almond Butter Dip or enjoy Almond Butter and Banana Sandwiches.
5. Pumpkin Seeds
Chili-Lime-Spiced-Pumpkin-Seeds1

Eat these tiny treats for the tryptophan! Yes, the same Thanksgiving Day nap-inducer you get from turkey can also be found in pumpkin seeds. Chili-Lime Spiced Pumpkin Seeds are a tasty snack option; or try our 4 Best Pumpkin Seed Recipes.
6. Popcorn
Caramel Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

Like pumpkin seeds, popcorn contains tryptophan. This snack also offers healthy carbs that help the brain absorb the snooze-inducing substance. Choose plain, air-popped popcorn, or indulge in Caramel Pumpkin Spice Popcorn and Healthy Popcorn Recipes.

Resources:

[1] WebMD

[2] U.S. Library of Medicine

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