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12 Foods That Promote Sleep

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There’s no denying the importance of a good night’s sleep. Failing to get a full seven to eight hours of rest can leave one feeling irritable, distracted, and above all exhausted. But that’s not all—many studies have shown that people who regularly get less sleep than they should be getting are at an increased risk of high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, and diabetes. Sleeplessness can also kill one’s sex drive, leading to relationship problems.

Thankfully, there are ways to fight insomnia. That fight starts with your diet and eating foods that increase melatonin levels and make it easier to get a solid night’s sleep…

1. Walnuts

The walnut is one of the best foods you can eat right before bed. That’s because eating walnuts causes the human brain to secrete melatonin, the chemical responsible for regulating the body’s internal clock. Research has shown that walnuts contain enough melatonin to have a substantial impact on anyone currently struggling with sleeplessness.

Of course, it’s worth noting that walnuts alone can’t cure a serious bout of insomnia. If you find yourself tossing and turning for hours at a time more than once or twice a week, you should consult your doctor.

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