If you made a New Year’s resolution to get more sleep in 2020, you’re far from alone. Nearly 70 percent of Americans report struggling with sleep at least once a week, according to research from Consumer Reports. While there are many reasons you may find it hard to fall or stay asleep, making tweaks to your diet can improve your chances of getting quality shuteye. Here are the top foods recommended by experts that may help you get a better night’s rest.
If you are looking for a snack before bed, a small portion of nuts is an excellent choice. “Nuts are a great source of heart-healthy fats, but specific nuts such as walnuts include melatonin, the natural hormone that is released as your body gets ready to rest,” says Bill Fish, a certified sleep science coach with Tuck. Almonds are also a good source of magnesium, which has been shown to improve sleep by reducing stress and may increase melatonin.
Recipe to try: Honey Glazed Nuts