If you’re tossing and turning at night, the answer to your problem might lie not in your bedroom, but in your refrigerator, reports Heidi Mitchell of the Wall Street Journal. Chemicals in your diet go a long way towards helping or hindering you in your quest for z’s. Foods high in protein, fat and tyramine, for instance can keep you up as your body works to digest them. On the other end of the spectrum, foods containing tryptophan stimulate the production of melatonin and serotonin, while calcium, magnesium, and potassium relax your muscles, leading to a peaceful night’s rest.
Knowing this, foods that ought to be avoided before bedtime include:
- Aged cheeses
- Processed meats
- Soy sauce
While these foods are advisable for late-night snacking:
- Skim milk
You can read Mitchell’s full article here.