When planning what to eat close to bedtime, opt for foods that contain tryptophan, especially for nighttime snacking. An important amino acid, tryptophan is needed to produce serotonin and melatonin in our brain, two chemicals that help us sleep.

Tryptophan-rich foods include:
* dairy products
* seafood
* meat & poultry
* eggs
* beans
* whole grains & rice
* lentils
* nuts and seeds

Combining carbohydrate-rich foods with a small amount of protein food that contains tryptophan helps make tryptophan available to our brains.

Tryptophan and carbohydrate combinations includes:
* oatmeal cookies & milk
* whole grain cereal & milk
* half a peanut butter or tuna sandwich
* crackers & cheese
* bagel chips & a hard-cooked egg
* yogurt & granola

For more information on the connection between food and sleep, tips on how to develop better sleep habits and a look at our favorite new sleep products, check out our Annual Sleep issue (click on the image, left). 

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