We're told time and time again to stop eating at a certain point in the evening for weight-loss purposes, but what if that little snack actually better prepared you for bedtime? Jason Wrobel, raw vegan chef and author of the newly released cookbook Eaternity (£15), has found that certain foods with components like potassium, magnesium, calcium, and, of course, tryptophan, can help you catch some Zs in no time. Well & Good recently outlined these slumber-inducing foods to help you get a better night's sleep tonight and each night thereafter.
Keep scrolling to find out which foods will put your insomnia to bed—literally.
If you find yourself frequently reaching for the Ambien to fall asleep, Wrobel says that brown rice contains gamma-amino butyric acid, a natural form of the sleep aid.
Chickpeas are filled with vitamin B6, which is essential for making melatonin. Snack on them throughout the day, or have a little fresh hummus in the evening.
Cherries are also rich in melatonin, which helps reset your body's sleep clock—a must for travelers on a fluctuating sleep schedule.
A banana a day keeps sleeplessness away. Wrobel calls bananas one of his "favorite insomnia-fighting ingredients."
While turkey has long been thought of as the go-to food source for tryptophan, it's not the most feasible snack option (especially if you're a vegetarian). Instead, try walnuts, which Wrobel says are a great source of the amino acid.
To read the rest of Wrobel's sleep-inducing foods, pick up a copy of Eaternity (£15), and report back to us on how well they worked for you!