Can Certain Foods Make You Sleepy?

Not getting enough sleep, but don’t want to take a pill?

Sleep is like a cold glass of water on a hot summer day. Refreshing, essential for life, and something you just can’t seem to get enough of. Unfortunately for many sleep isn’t as easy to obtain as a glass of water, yet remains a necessary component of life.

Many people resort to supplements like melatonin or prescribed medications for additional sleeping aid, though little or no scientific evidence to date has proven that melatonin improves sleep. Interestingly enough, there are some natural ways to make yourself drowsy before bed that don’t involve taking a pill.

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What can you do?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, foods containing an amino acid called tryptophan causes sleepiness. The best way to reap the benefits of tryptophan before bed is to combine carbohydrates and protein. Proteins act as the “building blocks” of tryptophan while carbohydrates allow tryptophan to be more available to the brain—cue sleepiness.

What kinds of food should you eat?

So, there we have it. Carbs and protein: the dream team of bedtime snacks! Here are some examples of carbohydrate and protein rich nibbles:Not getting enough sleep, but don’t want to take a pill-2

  • Whole grain cereal with milk or yogurt
  • Peanut butter on toast or celery
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Hummus and veggies
  • Eggs with toast
  • And more


Hopefully this seemingly simple tip helps some of you sleep deprived readers out there get a better nights sleep in a natural way. It’s amazing how much your diet can impact your lifestyle. Also, any reason to eat carbs!

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If you’d like to explore more health and wellness tips, check out some other blog posts on TeddyCan’s Health and Wellness page.