So you have tried all of the tricks in the book. A relaxing massage, reading a book, yoga before bed, a warm bath. Nothing is working and you are still lying wide awake. Maybe there is another solution out there that can help you get to sleep, and hopefully the sooner the better! There are tons of things that you should avoid doing before bed time and usually eating a large meal is one of them. In this case, eating might actually be your answer. Going to bed hungry can actually interfere with your sleep and wake you during the night. It has been found that a 200 calorie snack before bed that contains potassium, complex carbohydrates, tryptophan or melatonin are actually beneficial to helping you get to sleep.

Snacks for Better Sleep

  • Bananas
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Cheese
  • Turkey (we all knew that would make the list!)
  • Cherries or tart fruits
  • Whole Grain Crackers and Peanut Butter
  • Low Fat Popcorn or Pretzels

The foods listed above are in no means exciting, but they all contain just enough of the right combination of sleep essentials that eating them might just do the trick for you. These foods are likely to put you in the food coma that you are familiar with after eating Thanksgiving dinner. Bananas, nuts, seeds and turkey contain tryptophan, which convert to melatonin and serotonin that signal your brain to relax. Whole wheat crackers also boost serotonin production. Be careful to avoid having too much to drink with your bedtime snack because trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night tend to defeat the purpose. Having the perfect memory foam mattress and pillows will always guide you to a good night's sleep, just remember that eating in bed is a bad habit!

What's your favorite bedtime snack?