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Nosh & Nod: Eating Your Way Towards Better Sleep

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When life gets stressful and hectic, sleep tends to be the first physical symptom that appears. We either want to sleep all the time, or we suffer from sleepless nights where we find ourselves counting sheep to numbers we have never counted to before.

Few things are more annoyingly frustrating than when you can’t sleep, especially when the rest of the household seems to be peacefully sleeping the night away. This frustrates me more than not sleeping.

There are many things you can do to get yourself to sleep more peacefully and I discuss them fully in The Contagiously Positive Guide To Getting Better Sleep. But for today, I wanted to focus on restful foods. Let’s call it, noshing your way towards better sleep. Researchers continue to learn more about the link between your stomach, (what you eat), and how you sleep. Especially the foods you eat before you go to bed.

Let’s Talk Turkey

Most of us have experienced the turkey (tryptophan) coma after eating a thanksgiving meal. The cause of sleepiness isn’t just from eating too much food. It is because after you eat foods that contain tryptophan, which is an amino acid found in turkey, your body then converts it into serotonin, which is then converted into melatonin and that is what makes you feel relaxed and sleepy.

Noshing & Nodding 

Let’s not get crazy and start eating a large turkey dinner before heading off to dreamland, but if you want to naturally allow your body to create melatonin, without taking a supplement, here are some foods (with links to some of my recipes) that you can eat that naturally get those sleepy hormones activated.


Even though these help improve sleep, there is nothing better than a regular health diet. The better you eat, the better you sleep. That means eating less packaged/processed foods and more made from Mother Nature foods. For example:


The less your body has to work to digest the food, especially when it is overly processed, the better you will feel. The better you feel, the better you will sleep.

Magnesium is also a great mineral that helps you relax and sleep more peacefully. A hot bath with Epsom salts also works for me. It is also my personal stress reliever.

If you want to go deeper into creating healthy sleeping habits, check out my digital Contagiously Positive Guide To Better Sleep.

If you want to learn more about health and wellness – mind, body and soul, check out my Healthy Living Book & Course.

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