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 Eternity ($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.
A banana a day keeps sleeplessness away. Wrobel calls bananas one of his “favorite insomnia-fighting ingredients.”
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.
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 Eternity ($15), and report back to us on how well they worked for you!