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Ashley Sleep

April 16, 2012 07:00 ET

Take a Bite Out of Sleepless Nights With 10 Relaxing Bedtime Snacks

Ashley Sleep Has the Scoop on Bedtime Foods That Can Help You Seize Your Day

ARCADIA, WI--(Marketwire - Apr 16, 2012) - Most of us have an idea about which foods we should avoid right before bedtime. From sugary snacks to caffeine-laden drinks, making the wrong choices can leave you tossing and turning all night long. But what many people don't know is that there are healthy snacks that may help you take a bite out of sleepless nights, so you can get a better night's rest and seize your day.

"What we put into our bodies prior to going to bed can really affect the level of sleep we get every night," says Ben Thorud, Senior Vice President of Ashley Sleep. "If you've tried everything and you're still experiencing sleeplessness, it may be time to explore other possibilities, including your diet."

Experts have believed for a long time that eating foods that are high in complex carbohydrates, with a little bit of protein -- about an hour or two before bedtime -- may boost your serotonin levels and help you relax. In addition, the right dairy foods, which are high in calcium and tryptophan, may help to produce melatonin, which can also help regulate sleep.

So which foods will give you that sleep-boosting power you crave? Ashley Sleep features 10 bedtime snacks that can help you get your ZZZs:

1. Turkey. Ever wonder why you feel so sleepy after those big holiday meals? Turkey may be the culprit. It's high in tryptophan, which can make you feel drowsy. While turkey may be the best-known food in the battle of sleepless nights, almost any type of poultry will do the job.
2. Milk/Dairy. Warm milk has been a bedtime tradition for centuries -- and now we know why. It not only contains tryptophan (as do yogurt and cheese), it is rich in calcium, which experts believe may help reduce stress.
3. Bananas. These self-contained sleep inducers are loaded with tryptophan, melatonin and serotonin, not to mention magnesium, which may actually help relax your muscles.
4. Cherries. In terms of sleep-friendly foods, these guys are the new kids on the block. But recent studies have shown that a glass of tart cherry juice or a serving of fresh, frozen or dried cherries may boost your melatonin levels and reduce insomnia.
5. Chamomile Tea. This drink has long been touted for its relaxing qualities. One small cup of decaffeinated chamomile tea before bedtime contains theanine, which may have relaxing and tranquillizing properties that can help you put an end to sleepless nights.
6. Hummus. Forget the fake cheese dip. A couple of all-natural pita chips dipped in hummus makes for a snack that's a great mix of carbs and protein.
7. Almonds. A handful of these crunchy treats is loaded with tryptophan and magnesium, making it a quick and easy snack to enjoy before bedtime.
8. Warm Oatmeal. Rich in sleep-promoting nutrients, this popular breakfast food may also be a great nighttime snack. Just don't choose the kind loaded with sugar. Top it with bananas, walnuts or cherries and you have a sleep-inducing powerhouse.
9. Peanut Butter Sandwich. Peanut butter is high in tryptophan, but many brands add sugar. Choose a natural peanut butter (with no added sugar) and spread it on a piece of whole-grain bread or a half a bagel.
10. Hard-boiled Egg. If you've already loaded up on high-sugar, high-carb snacks for dinner, consider eating an egg or other food that's high in protein. It can help counterbalance the negative effects that those simple carbs may have on your sleep.

To learn more facts about getting a good night's rest, or to find products that'll help you put an end to sleeplessness and seize your day, visit Ashley Sleep.

About Ashley Sleep
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