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25 Foods that Help you Sleep

by Samir Ferdowsi(more info)

listed in sleep and insomnia, originally published in issue 259 - January 2020


Food is required for sleep. We need fuel to make sure our body’s metabolism is in order and works how it should. 

However, with busy schedules piling up our days, it’s becoming more difficult and more complicated to calm our mind down for a good night’s rest when it’s time to hit the hay. 

When we start to unwind, it’s only natural to get a little hungry. For centuries, millions of people debate every night on whether or not they should head to the cupboard before the sack to grab a midnight snack.

While some may argue, science says, go for it – with some restrictions.

Proper and appropriate food during this time increases blood flow and catalyzes melatonin production in the body. And while there are synthetic medications or supplements to aid with sleep, below is a list of more natural and green-friendly options.

Luckily, nowadays, many of us have access to organic options when it comes to snacking – it’s no different when it comes to night-time munchies. 

  • Avoid foods that are spicy or deep fried before bed. This can put a strain on your digestive system and cause heartburn during sleep and after you wake up. 
  • On the other hand, organic dark chocolate or organic honey with herbal tea can spark some serious Z’s. In essence, these foods help replace sleeping aids and are completely natural.
  • When debating about what to eat, use common sense.
  • Foods that seem bad before bed, usually are. Caffeine-heavy or sugar-loaded snacks will leave you worse for the wear tomorrow morning. 
  • Also, avoid any foods that you know personally spur heartburn. That said, there are many, sustainable and healthy options out there. 

A cost-effective part of this potential routine is that you don’t need to make a special list. Many pantry favourites can be eaten before bed, again, remembering that sugar, caffeine and deep-fried foods should be passed over (remember, potato chips and crispy snacks are usually fried). 

Particularly popular options include organic almonds and hummus. Foods like this are major produces melatonin stimulates the body’s internal clock. have produced the Infographic below that shines a spotlight on 25 food that help you sleep. [The link to only works with a US IP address.]




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About Samir Ferdowsi

Samir Ferdowsi –  Content Marketing Specialist at Siegemedia – is a writer who focuses on wellness, outdoor activity, and health. He hopes to inspire and get others to try getting outside for an adventure, and recuperate appropriately when they return. He may be contacted via

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