Between the Sheets

Having a little trouble falling asleep? The solution might just be sitting in your food pantry. Learn more about three snacks that may help promote a better night’s rest.

Snacking Before Bed? Yep – You Heard That Right!

We’re commonly told that snacking before bed is a big no-no but we’ve managed to find a few snacks that might help you fall asleep faster. 

Now before you go and reach for that carton of double chocolate fudge ice cream, hear us out – having a sugary snack before bed might not be in your best interests. If you eat a high-sugar treat before bed, you’ll end up having a blood sugar spike in the middle of the night which will interrupt your beauty rest.

So, if you don’t want to be wide awake at 3 AM, you should probably put away the ice cream bowl and find a healthier option. But don’t worry – healthy doesn’t have to mean boring.

Tired of Counting Sheep? Eat These Foods Instead

Without further ado, let’s take a look at three foods that’ll help you fall asleep faster.

1) Almonds

These tasty little nuts are just an all-around great snack. Almonds are loaded with healthy fats and one particularly important mineral – magnesium. Magnesium helps relax your body which leads to a better night’s rest. 

2) Tryptophan

Okay, we admit, tryptophan isn’t actually food. It’s an amino acid naturally found in certain types of foods. If you’ve ever eaten a large turkey Thanksgiving dinner, then you know well the food coma everyone goes into after dinner. Turkey naturally contains large amounts of tryptophan. Here’s a few other foods that also contain this sleep-inducing amino acid:

  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Tuna 

And as an added bonus, if you combine tryptophan-containing foods with some carbohydrates, like a banana, it’ll work even better!

3) Cherries 

Tart red cherries contain loads of melatonin, a sleep-regulating hormone that naturally lulls your body to sleep.

Bonus: try a concentrated tart cherry juice. A 16-oz. bottle of tart cherry juice will contain a whopping 1,000 cherries. But don’t drink it all at once. A single serving is usually 1 to 2 tablespoons.

Watch Out for Activities That Make It Harder to Sleep

While those healthy snacks may help you fall asleep quicker, there are certain habits that can work against you. Things like excess caffeine, sugar, and bright lights are all enemies for those wanting a good night’s rest. That means you should stay away from coffee past 3pm and watch out for sugary treats too late in the day. And make sure to dim your lights in the evening!

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