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2 of 7 Tips for the Best Sleep Ever

Posted by on Aug. 26, 2013 at 6:40 PM
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Choose sleep superfoods

While it’s important to avoid a big, heavy meal right before bed (a full stomach will disturb your sleep), some foods may actually help you snooze, Blake says. If you’ve had a few nights of restless sleep, make a light whole-wheat-pasta dish with fresh vegetables, a little diced chicken breast, tomato sauce, and a sprinkle of Parmesan for dinner. This meal contains a snooze-friendly combination of protein and tryptophan, an amino acid that converts to sleep-promoting serotonin in the body. 

If your stomach’s growling late at night, try a small bowl of cottage cheese with banana slices, another dish that serves up tryptophan. Other combos of healthy carbs and protein, such as milk and graham crackers or yogurt sprinkled with cereal, will also do the trick.

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by on Aug. 26, 2013 at 6:40 PM
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Kmakksmom
by on Aug. 27, 2013 at 12:10 AM

I agree!  Good tip.

bhwrn1
by on Aug. 27, 2013 at 9:25 AM

TFS

sukainah
by on Aug. 27, 2013 at 11:13 AM

That's interesting.  I'll have to try that.

slw123
by on Aug. 27, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Great tip!!

mamacalifornia
by on Aug. 27, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Hmmm interesting

LindaClement
by Gold Member on Aug. 27, 2013 at 2:10 PM

As far as I know, the breakdown of tryptophan takes longer than an hour, so unless you're eating it at dinner, it's unlikely to help anyone GET to sleep.

Unless it's the only thing you ate for several hours, it's unlikely to make any difference to staying asleep, either... 

The turkey-nap theory has been debunked: the sleepy after Thanksgiving is the side effect from overeating, not the tryptophan in the turkey.

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OMG!!! Jax is gonna go off the deep end!! Even deeper! lol
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by on Aug. 27, 2013 at 5:16 PM

 TFS

aidensmomma508
by on Aug. 28, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Yogurt with cereal I don't know yuck

LindaClement
by Gold Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Ha ha! 

Have you seen the 'healthy' parfaits at McDonald's? They're yogurt, granola and berries... 

I like yogurt with cereal --good cereal, like homemade granola :D

Quoting aidensmomma508:

Yogurt with cereal I don't know yuck


aidensmomma508
by on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Actually I've had it with granola that's good.  

I was thinking of like Cheerios or something that didn't sound right

Quoting LindaClement:

Ha ha! 

Have you seen the 'healthy' parfaits at McDonald's? They're yogurt, granola and berries... 

I like yogurt with cereal --good cereal, like homemade granola :D

Quoting aidensmomma508:

Yogurt with cereal I don't know yuck



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