I have a whole bunch of sleeping problems: insomnia, sleep apnea, a dog that shares my bed with me and can't keep still for more than six minutes. I've tried everything to get better sleep, except for eating these power foods that aid in getting some much-needed Zs.
Dark chocolate contains magnesium, which helps keep your body's sleep cycle on a tight schedule. Magnesium can also prevent some cancers, reduce your risk of a heart attack and be found in less sugary foods such as nuts, fish and avocados.
Cherries contain melatonin, a chemical which helps to regulate sleep. You could always buy melatonin supplements at your local pharmacy, but if you prefer a more natural method, cherries are the way to go.
According to Dr. Oz via EmaxHealth, sap from the stem of wild lettuce can be used as a sleep aid. It's scientific name is lactucrium, but it's commonly known as "lettuce opium," making it sound much more awesome and illegal than it actually is.
Chamomile tea has long been known as a sleep aide, but a 2011 study showed little difference in sleep for people who drank chamomile tea, though it did help daytime functioning. So drink a cup of chamomile tea to keep away those midday yawns.
Bananas offer a plethora of nutrients that are beneficial for sleep. They have magnesium to regulate your hormones, potassium to normalize blood pressure and relax nerves and the ever-popular vitamin B6, which produces melatonin. It's the perfect cocktail of nutrients to improve your sleep.
A nutrition study found that eating a high-carb rice, such as jasmine rice, four hours before bed cuts down the time required for a person to fall asleep. Brown rice also works and has even more health benefits.