10 Foods to Help You Sleep

Has anyone else had issues sleeping since the Daylight Savings Time change 2 weeks ago? I know, I know…kinda late to the party, but my body has seriously not adjusted to losing that hour yet. It’s horrible. I can’t fall asleep until after midnight and don’t even feel conscious until 10 at the earliest. Bleh. Although I’m slowly regaining my sleep related sanity, I thought it would be a great time to research natural sleep aids. The results were surprising so I decided to share the outcome with you!

So here ya go – 10 Foods to Help You Sleep. God knows I need to binge on these. Stat.


1. Almonds

The magnesium in almonds helps make you sleepy and relaxed. It’s an easy, healthy snack to have throughout the day or before bed.

2. Bananas

These guys show up on a few of my lists! They contain L-tryptophan, which converts to 5-HTP in the brain. In turn, that gets turned into serotonin and melatonin…two things that help you relax and get ready for some shut eye.

3. Cherries

This little wonder fruit is a natural source of melatonin (a sleep inducing hormone triggered by darkness). You can eat them fresh or dried, or even drink the juice…doesn’t matter, they’ll still help regulate your internal clock.

4. Chickpeas

One of my favorites. Chickpeas contain vitamin B6, which aids in the production of melatonin (aka helps regulate the sleep cycle).

5. Chia Seeds

These awesome seeds contain A LOT of tryptophan. This raises melatonin and serotonin levels, which in turn, promotes stable sleep. Mix chia seeds into your cereal, salads, and baked goods.

6. Kale (Greens)

I’m not a fan of milk, so how do I get my calcium? From leafy greens! Believe it or not, greens like collards, kale, and spinach are filled with calcium. See #10 to learn why that’s helpful!

7. Tea

We all know that chamomile tea is soothing and a great way to unwind, but lets talk about another variety. Green tea. The theanine in green tea promotes sleep. However, whatever kind you drink, make sure it’s decaf!

8. Turkey

Everyone gets tired from turkey! That’s because it’s food packed with tryptophan. Gobbble up some turkey and you’ll be ready for bed in no time.

9 . Whole Grains

Complex carbs are good for you! Delicious grains are filled with magnesium, which makes it easier to sleep.

10 . Yogurt (aka dairy)

Dairy products like yogurt are great sources of calcium, which helps our brains produce melatonin. Someone with a calcium deficiency may have sleep problems, so eat your yogurt!


**Most of these food pictures were found on the internet…I made the awesome intro graphic!**