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Research isn’t the greatest when it comes to which foods help or harm sleep, but some evidence suggests that certain items consumed right before bed might promote healthy sleep.

1. Cherries

Cherries contain melatonin, which helps control sleep-wake cycles.

2. Jasmine Rice

The body digests Jasmine Rice slowly, releasing glucose into the bloodstream gradually.

3. Milk

A glass of milk contains the amino acid tryptophan, a precursor to the brain chemical serotonin.

4. Fortified Cereal

Try a bowl of Kashi or shredded wheat with a cup of milk to promote quality sleep.

5. Bananas

Bananas contain the natural muscle-relaxants magnesium and potassium which lead to better sleep.

6. Turkey

Just like milk, turkey contains tryptophan. You’d have to eat/drink a lot of turkey/milk to have a major effect, but it can give you a push in the right direction.

7. Sweet Potato

Sweet Potatoes provide complex-carbohydrates and also contain muscle-relaxing potassium. Regular potatoes, lima beans, and papaya are other good sources of potassium.

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