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Snacks to Help You Fall Asleep

Snack Attack: Sleepy Snacks

While I try to avoid eating less than three hours before bed, sometimes a girl just gets hungry. Luckily there are some snacks light in calories that make great bedtime snacks because they could actually help you fall asleep.


Here are some great suggestions from Joy Bauer for snacks that could help you improve your sleep:

Eat a light snack before bedtime to help produce serotonin (the calming hormone). Try a light snack — 200 calories or less — that’s mainly carbohydrate with a touch of protein. Many scientists claim that by combining an ample dose of carbohydrate together with a small amount of protein (which contains the amino acid tryptophan) your brain produces serotonin, which is known as the “calming hormone.” And when we’re calm, we are certainly more apt to fall asleep. Suggested bedtime snacks:

  • 1 slice of whole wheat toast topped with 1 small slice of low-fat cheese
  • 1/2 cup healthy cereal topped with 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 banana with 1 teaspoon of peanut butter
  • 1 rice cake topped with 1 tomato slice and 1 slice turkey breast

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