DJ Blatner, registered dietitian and NOW Wellness Expert, tells TZR that cottage cheese helps promote sleep due to the amino acid L-tryptophan. “Tryptophan plays a role in the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that’s associated with healthy sleep,” she says. “Enjoy it with some cinnamon.”
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Popeye may have been on to something with his constant spinach consumption — aside from all its health benefits, it can also help you catch some Zzz’s. This is because of its magnesium content. So you can have a spinach salad with dinner and even add some almonds or cashews for extra magnesium.
Bananas have so many health benefits, and helping you sleep is one of them. This is because they’re not only rich in magnesium, but also provide you with fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C, to name a few.
“Tart cherry juice is a natural source of melatonin, which regulates the body’s internal clock and sleep-wake cycle,” Blatner says. “You can create a ‘natural jello shot’ by mixing 2 tablespoons of tart cherry concentrate and 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and chill in the fridge (whipped cream optional).”
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