These Bedtime Snacks Help You Sleep Better

Pumpkin seeds - Think of the magnesium in these as nature’s Ambien. It calms and helps lull you off to sleep and you only need a quarter-cup to get half your daily dose of this soothing mineral.

Popcorn - The feel-good chemical serotonin is the key to a good night’s sleep here. Popcorn can boost the growth of serotonin-producing gut bacteria, according to Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Marjorie Nolan Cohn.

Soy - According to one study, women who are two or more servings of soy daily were almost twice as likely to catch eight hours of Zs than women who didn’t eat soy. Try soy nut butter or roasted edamame soybeans to get your fix.

Tart cherries - These tasty treats can also raise your melatonin levels, which tells your body it’s time for sleep.

Salmon - It’s full of B vitamins, antioxidants, and omega-3s, but it’s the vitamin D in salmon that’s believed to affect the parts of the brain that help you fall asleep and stay there.

Yogurt - If you start worrying about your growing to-do list when your head hits the pillow, eating yogurt could help you unwind. 

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