Natural Sleep Aids

Natural Sleep Aids

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Before I started working out regularly, I had an awful time sleeping. I would wake up 3-4 times a night and have a hard time falling back asleep. Because of this, I didn’t even like sleeping and would purposely go to bed late so I’d have a chance at getting a short┬ábut ‘good’ night of sleep. Now that my body gets tired from being more active, I have a better time sleeping. Every once in a while though, I’ll have a restless night. This article from ecorazzi lists 20 different foods that could help improve your sleep at night.


Several of these foods are suggested based on the fact that they contain tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid which is not produced naturally in your body, so you must get it from the foods that you eat. It is used in the body to produce serotonin, which helps to regulate sleep. Several of these items I usually have around:

  • almonds
  • milk
  • yogurt
  • bananas
  • oatmeal

These foods obviously have other health benefits too. But the next time you find yourself rolling around in bed, maybe give one of these a try!

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