User's Manual: Sleep

Best and Worst Foods for Sleep

What to eat before bed
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What to eat before bed

By Amanda Gardner

From early birds to night owls, we all can agree that when we finally lay our heads on the pillow we’d like to actually go to sleep, thank you.

Nothing is more annoying than insomnia, and the evidence is piling up that sleep is essential for good health. Although the research is a bit spotty when it comes to which foods help or harm sleep, anecdotal evidence does suggest that certain items consumed right before bedtime are more likely to be “sleep promoters” while others may be “sleep stealers,” says Russell Rosenberg, Ph.D., CEO of the National Sleep Foundation.

Here’s a list of potential good guys and bad guys when it comes to getting some shut-eye.

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