Sweet Dreams: Foods That Promote Sleep
Sleep plays a critical role in looking and feeling your absolute best.
Getting a good quantity (i.e. 7-8 hours) of high quality uninterrupted sleep:
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• Assists in controlling appetite and can reduce the risk of overeating
• Promotes calorie-burning muscle mass
• Allows for body repair and muscle recovery
• Improves energy
• Reduces stress
• Lowers risk to certain chronic illnesses
There are certain foods (and beverages) that promote high quality sleep. Foods that contain (or promote) tryptophan aid in the production of serotonin and melatonin. These chemicals have sleep-inducing effects. Foods containing melatonin, the chemical that regulates sleep, can also assist in getting a good night’s sleep.