Foods to Help You Sleep Better

Last night was such a relaxing night. It was quite lovely.

After training a couple clients I came home and made dinner in less than 10 minutes by warming up some leftover enchilada soup on the stove:


Then I added a tbsp. of sour cream.


Then I added some shredded pepper jack cheese and a glass of wine, but got sick of taking pictures Smile

I also baked up another batch of the Primal Pumpkin Protein Bars.


I’ve been eating one of these as my nighttime snack most nights.

Workout and Breakfast

After finally getting a restful night sleep, I nearly sprung out of bed this morning. The past week or so I’ve been tossing and turning. While the animals are somewhat at fault, I think we all know that I just have issues. But more on sleep in a second.

Since I had boundless energy this morning, I headed straight to the gym. However, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to accomplish. Yesterday I did the Spartacus workout and tomorrow I’ll be going to a spin class (intense cardio) so I decided to go with what sounded like fun!

…Which was some steady state cardio while reading my Kindle. I’m still only about 1/3 the way into 11/23/62 (it’s a LONG book) but it’s addictive-good. I can’t seem to put it down!

I ended up splitting my time between running on the treadmill (30 minutes) and ellipticalling on the elliptical (25 minutes) before calling it good and heading home.

Back home, I found myself craving a breakfast that hasn’t appealed to me in months – oatmeal!

½ c. oats, ½ c. water, ½ banana (do we see a trend?) ½ scoop protein powder, ½ tbsp. of PB (just kidding, that’s more like 1-2 tbsp. Smile ) and blueberries.

Oh, and I also added a little pure coconut milk (from the can, not the carton) in at the end. Hit the spot!

Foods to Help You Sleep Better

By now I think we all know I have sleep issues. You can read more about my inability to slumber well all the time here, but basically, I function best on 8-9 solid hours of sleep each night, and I only get that 3 out of 4 weeks of the month.

So when I happened upon this article listing some foods to encourage sleep, I was intrigued. Yahoo! Shine lists these 5 foods as sleep-helpers:

  • Fish-Because of their B6 properties
  • Jasmine rice-Or other high glycemic index foods (though I can’t help but wonder if the insulin spike offsets this benefit)
  • Tart cherry juice-Due to its high melatonin content
  • Yogurt-due to its calcium content
  • Whole grains-WG are rich in magnesium, which is said to help with sleep.

I’ve also heard that walnuts had sleep-promoting properties, too! I do find that if I have a snack heavier in carbs I’ll usually sleep a little better.

Time for work! I’m so thankful it’s already Thursday Open-mouthed smile

What was the last thing you ate before bed last night?

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  1. I was at my Mom’s and snagged a couple peanut butter covered and filled pretzels… haha.

  2. I can’t stop stuffing my face (does it count as stuffing if you only have one? whatever) with vitatops before bed. they’re the ultimate chocolate-fix latenight snack.

  3. I made your latest bars…better than the first, but I think because I know there is more protein in them.
    I also tried Dana, from My Little Celebration’s, Black Bean Brownies. SO good. You should fiddle with them!

  4. I am about to make all of these things for dinner and eat them tonight in hopes of getting a good night’s sleep because I have been sleeping terribly lately! So annoying because I am just a waste of space without a solid 6-7 hours.

  5. I nibbled on some chocolate chips :) The best way to end an evening in my opinion.

  6. For some reason lately I never want oatmeal – maybe it’ll return some day. Who knows?!

  7. Oooh coconut milk in oatmeal! Good idea!
    Last thing I ate last night before bed was a glass of chocolate milk :)

  8. I’ve always had trouble sleeping, and have never, ever heard of foods that help you sleep. I probably should have googled that years ago.
    Before bed last night, I ate a hunk of cheese. I was starving after school and didn’t have time to make anything, so I just grabbed some cheese. It was delicious.

  9. I had a pickle before bed last night. Weird.

  10. the last thing I ate was rice crackers! I toss and turn all night, but for me it’s the opposite ratio of you: I probably get a weeks worth of good sleep nights every month…

  11. Oh geez… I know what I eat last thing before bed probably isn’t helping. It’s usually a handful of cereal like Special K or something- the sugar surely isn’t helping!

    • I was on a cereal and milk kick for the loooongest time as my nighttime snack. Mmm…actually it sounds good right now!

  12. My mom got some of the bread from the grocery store that is partially baked and you finish baking it at home – SO good! I definitely had like 3 slices after dinner before bed. Unfortunately that made me sleep a little restlessly. I think you’re right – the spike in blood sugar may hinder sleep!


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