Tryptophan-rich Foods for Better Sleep
Having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep?
Try adding a tryptophan-rich food/beverage to your bedtime snack. Tryptophan is an amino acid and it is the precursor to serotonin. Adequate serotonin encourages healthy restorative sleep.
Your tryptophan-rich snack must also include carbohydrate. Carbohydrate helps the tryptophan enter the brain.
The tryptophan-rich foods that I recommend are:
- egg white
- soy (in all forms)
- pumpkin seeds
- sunflower seeds
- chicken or turkey
Try half of a chicken sandwich with soy milk. Or a soy fruit smoothie (milk or tofu) with a snack of sunflower or pumpkin seeds. Or a turkey wrap with sunflower seeds. Or scrambled egg whites and half a banana.
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