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More than one-quarter of the U.S. population reports occasionally not getting enough sleep and nearly 10 percent have chronic insomnia. But if you're having trouble sleeping, catching up on zzzs may be as easy as switching up your dinner plate.
Here are a few sleep-inducing foods that may just help you settle down to sleep:
Rice Medley Salad with Roasted Chickpeas. The legume is loaded with vitamin B6, a water-soluble vitamin that can raise serotonin levels which helps induce sleep.
Veggie Turkey Rollups. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid which is used in your body to make serotonin, which is then used to make melatonin and cause you to feel sleepy.
Cherry Yogurt Popsicles. Ice cream is a sneaky culprit that will keep you awake. Opt for these healthy cherry yogurt popsicles for a nighttime natural treat for your sweet tooth.
Cherry Banana Ice Cream. If you can’t give up ice cream though, get a double dose of sleep-inducing foods in a healthy “ice cream” recipe with cherries and bananas.