10 Foods to Eat for Better Sleep (That Aren't Chamomile Tea)
Shortchanging your sleep makes you feel pretty crummy (as you likely know!), but the impact is even worse than you may think. Poor sleep can weaken your immune system, leaving you more susceptible to viruses; it ups your risk of injury during intense workouts; and it can alter your appetite-regulating hormones, making you feel hungrier while simultaneously intensifying cravings. Sleep is no joke, yet according to the CDC, we're a sleep deprived nation, with up to one-third of Americans failing to get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
And did you know you can set yourself up for a better night's rest by adopting healthy pre-bedtime eating habits and consuming foods (and drinks) that promote and improve sleep? You may have already heard that milk or chamomile tea can help you sleep, and both hold true: Milk contains melatonin, the natural sleep-regulating hormone, while chamomile tea is packed with antioxidants that boost relaxation and improve sleep quality.
But these two drinks aren't your only options. There are several other ingredients that have a similar positive effect on shut-eye. Here are 10 more foods that can help you sleep better, according to science and nutritionists, plus delicious ways to incorporate them into your routine.
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