It seems we're a nation of insomniacs. Nearly half of Americans suffer from at least occasional sleeplessness, and 22% experience it every (or almost every) night, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). But what if all it took to improve your zzz's was a few changes in your eating habits? The definitely scientific answer isn't quite there yet -- NSF chairman Christopher Drake, Ph.D. is careful to point out that there's not a lot of data out there on how and what you eat might encourage sleep.
That said, nutritionist Stephanie Middleberg, R.D., says there's evidence that adding the following foods to your daily repertoire could help.
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1. Protein-rich foods
Turkey, chicken, cottage cheese, eggs, and milk may help you board the sleepy train, says Middleberg. Tryptophan, an amino acid (amino acids = building blocks of proteins) that these foods contain, helps release the hormones serotonin and melatonin, which in turn helps