Health Tip: Is Your Snack Fueling Drowsiness?

By on June 23, 2016

If you’re frequently feeling tired, there are some foods that could be contributing to your drowsiness.

The National Sleep Foundation says these foods include:

  • Cherries, which are rich in the hormone melatonin. Enjoy them as a bedtime snack instead of as a daytime treat.
  • Carbohydrates, especially refined carbs such as white bread, cause a spike then drop in blood sugar, which can leave you feeling sleepy.
  • Dark chocolate, which contains the amino acid serotonin, which is involved in the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
  • Lean proteins — such as turkey, chicken, low-fat cheese and fish — contain the amino acid tryptophan, which boosts levels of serotonin.
  • Magnesium and potassium in bananas can promote muscle relaxation and a drowsy feeling.

Source: HealthDay

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