Foods That Affect Your Sleep

152024457-small We’ve always heard that you shouldn’t eat after a certain time of the day because it can cause weight gain. Although this was ever proven to be true, the food you eat before you go to bed can have positive or negatives affects on how you sleep that night.

Best Foods before Bed

Cherries – Cherries are one of the few natural foods to contain melatonin, the chemical that helps control our body’s internal clock. One study has found that drinking tart cherry juice resulted in small improvements in sleep duration and quality in adults who suffered from chronic insomnia.

Milk – Dairy foods contain tryptophan, which is a sleep-promoting substance. Other foods that are high in tryptophan include nuts, bananas, honey and eggs.

Jasmine Rice – This rice ranks high on the glycemic index, which means the body digests it slowly, releasing glucose gradually into the bloodstream. A 2007 study showed that eating jasmine rice four hours before bedtime cut the amount of time it took to fall asleep in half.


Sweet Potato – Sweet potatoes are a sleepers dream. Not only do they provide sleep-promoting complex carbohydrates, but they also contain potassium, a muscle-relaxant. Other good sources of potassium include regular potatoes (bake with the skin on), lima beans and papaya.

Worst Foods before Bed

Bacon Cheeseburger – The fat content of this particular fast food is a sleep killer. Fat stimulates the production of acid in the stomach, which can spill up to your esophagus, causing heartburn.

Wine – Alcohol of any kind is bad for sleep. It metabolizes quickly and causes you to wake up multiple times during the night.

Coffee – Coffee contains caffeine which is a stimulant. Drinking coffee too close to bedtime will keep you up at night.

Dark chocolate – Chocolate contains not only calories, but caffeine as well. A Hershey’s special-dark bar has 20 milligrams of caffeine, about the same as half an ounce of espresso. Chocolate also contains theobromine, another stimulant that can increase heart rate and sleeplessness.

Foods That Help Induce Restful Sleep

Sleep Inducing FoodsEach and everyone of us have had our battle with sleepless nights. Tossing and turning not able to get comfortable and we wind up falling asleep only a few hours before we have to wake up. This can be caused by any number of things including; stress, diet, and most of all the quality of the mattress you lie down on each night.

As with every problem there are a number of solutions you can try and see which works best for you. Today we are going to discuss which foods you can include and exclude from you diet that you may find helping you fall asleep at bedtime.

The Correlation Between Food and Sleep

Most people don’t realize that there is an important link between what we eat and the energy we have throughout the day and our ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. Sleep inducing foods have natural vitamins and properties that help us relax and prepare our bodies for sleep. Tryptophan, an amino acid most famously known from our Thanksgiving Turkeys, is the prime contributor to helping calm our brains and relax our bodies to help us fall asleep and stay asleep. Our bodies convert Tryptophan into seratonin and melatonin, both aid in relaxation and sleepiness.

Best Foods for Sleep

In order to benefit from the sleep inducing qualities of Tryptophan you must include the right foods in your diet. Choose appropriate snacks, drinks, and meals throughout the day. A balance of proteins, carbohydrates and calcium generates the best results.

  • Whole Grain Cereal with Milk
  • Bowl of Oatmeal with Milk
  • Peanut Butter Sandwich on Whole Wheat Bread with a Glass of Milk
  • Turkey Sandwich on Whole Wheat Bread with a Glass of Milk
  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookie with a Glass of Milk
  • Apple with Cheese
  • Yogurt with Granola
  • Banana and Almonds
  • Date or Bran Muffin with a Glass of Milk

All of these foods serve as an appropriate bedtime snack that will aid in you falling fast asleep and staying that way. Mix and match to fit your preferences and see which works best for you. Everyone has different bodies and some process things differently, so it is important to find out what is best for YOU!

It is not only important to choose an appropriate bedtime snack, but to eat the proper foods at dinnertime as well. Foods that are high in carbohydrates and small amounts of protein have been shown to have the best results and help induce a restful nights sleep

  • Pasta Dishes with Cream-based sauces
  • Seafood or Tuna Salad with Whole Wheat Crackers/Bread/Rolls
  • Whole Wheat Pita Bread with Hummus or Cottage Cheese and Roasted Vegetables
  • Baked Potato with Sour Cream and Cheese
  • Turkey Pot Pie with Mashed Potatoes
  • Eggs with Cheese

As diet plays a major role in how easily we fall asleep, our mattress plays an even larger one. Trying to get comfortable on an old, worn out mattress does you no good. Make sure your mattress is of great quality and under 8 years of age. As our mattress ages, it breaks down, absorbs and holds bacteria, dust, and other allergens that can interfere with our sleep.

At Mattresses For Less we have a massive inventory of name brand mattresses such as Serta, Simmons, Restonic, iComfort, ComforPedic, and BeautyRest. In addition, we are Houston’s Adjustable Bed Headquarters and have the largest selection of adjustable bases and mattresses in Texas.

Visit any one of our 5 Houston, Texas locations to lie down and test out the sleep set that will be most comfortable for you and our staff is prepared to assist you with our extensive knowledge and friendly customer service. Come see us today!