The 3 Best Foods to Eat Before Bed

bananasFollowing on from my last blog post and the ‘5 Worst Foods to Eat Before Bed’, here are some suggested foods that you CAN eat before bed and they won’t harm your sleep pattern.

I mean bananas – hooray! Cherry juice – hooray! Almond butter – hmmm, I like it but some people can’t stand it. It goes very well with sliced banana though – try it!

1. Bananas

Bananas are an often-overlooked but excellent source of tryptophan, an amino acid your body converts into serotonin – which boosts your mood and promotes restful sleep. Bananas also contain magnesium and potassium, which help your muscles relax, and even have a bit of melatonin, a hormone your body produces when it’s time to go to sleep.

2. Cherry Juice

Cherries are another natural source of melatonin, and research shows that levels are elevated in people who drink cherry juice regularly. Plus, one study found that drinking cherry juice improved sleep quality, increased total sleep time by about 25 minutes and boost “sleep efficiency,” a measure of sleep quality, by up to 6%.

3. Almond Butter

Spread a tablespoon or two of almond butter on apple or banana slices, or even eat it straight from the jar. Almonds are a good source of sleep-promoting, muscle-relaxing magnesium, and they contain just enough protein to help keep your blood sugar levels steady while you sleep (without weighing you down like heavier protein sources).

I hope that’s useful for you. So, if you’re feeling hungry late at night, reach for the above foods.