Getting a good night's sleep is a luxury that many of us don't have. Whether it's being extremely busy completing homework, doing chores, or putting in hours at your job, you often find yourself hitting the hay much later than you expected to. But the worse part? Not actually getting to sleep until hours later, or even worse...the dreaded hunger pangs.
So, before you reach for that bowl of leftover pasta...
Try some of these DOLLY-approved bedtime snacks which will help prepare your bod to recharge, and for you to finally get some much needed beauty zzz's.
Sleep deprived? Reach for a banana or two. They're packed with potassium and vitamin B6 which are both muscle relaxants, and will help prepare your bod to go to sleep. Bonus tip: blend 'em into a sweet-as smoothie!
2. Tart cherry juice
Tart cherry juice is a unique source of melatonin, a natural sleep hormone that helps regulate sleep and our body's internal clock.
Good 'ole hummus is a winner at helping curb your appetite come bed time. This is because hummus contains tryptophan, an amino acid that makes you sleep. Have it with some celery, carrot, and pita bread, and you'll be set.
We know we don't make friends with salad (thanks Marge Simpson!), but listen up guys... A side of lettuce with your dinner may actually help you fall asleep more effectively because of the lactarium (basically a natural sedative) found in it. We recommend having your lettuce san choy bow style...YUUUUM!
Pretzels are great choice cause they're not only a source of carbs which can make you feel sleepy, but they're low in calories so eating a handful won't give you stomach cramps. Win-win!
Eating tuna, or other fish like salmon before bed can give your bod a much needed dose of vitamin B6 which helps produce that lovely sleep-inducing hormone called melatonin. If eating it plain isn't your thing, then try some tuna on wholegrain crackers.
7. Cottage cheese
Cottage cheese is a bomb bedtime snack because it's slow-digesting meaning that you won't wake up in the middle of the night feeling hungry. Try it with a little bit of peanut butter, honey, or some fruit on top. Yaaaas!
8. Parmesan cheese popcorn
Cheese and popcorn, what could go wrong? Nothing, plus it could be just what you need for a good night's sleep. A small dose (two tablespoons) of grated parmesan not only adds flavour, but sleep-inducing tryptophan. We're defs trying this one tonight.
9. Yogurt with berries
Besides being incredibly delicious, the calcium found in yogurt can help kick your insomnia to the curb while the B6 found in the berries can stimulate sleep-regulating melatonin production into high-gear.
No need to feel guilty about having a small bowl of cereal before bed, especially if it's a low sugar, whole-grain cereal. The added bonus of milk tops up your bod's protein while the complex carbs in the grains of the cereal increase the availability of tryptophan in the bloodstream. Bonus tip: top with some dried cherries for a little extra help in catching those beauty zzz's.
11. Turkey on wholegrain bread
If you're feeling a bit more than peckish than this DOLLY-approved good sleep sandwich will be sure to do the trick. You've got the turkey, which contains trytophan, topped with a piece of calcium rich cheese and two slices of wholegrain bread for those complex carbs. Good choice.
Sweet dreams, DOLLY babes.