|I have trouble sleeping at night. Is there anything I can eat that would help?|
|Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that the body converts to serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (brain chemical) that is believed to play an important role in the regulation of mood, sleep, emesis (vomiting), sexuality and appetite. Eating more foods that contain tryptophan may help to make you sleepy.
There are two types of protein sources that provide essential amino acids like tryptophan: animal (dairy, meat and poultry) and vegetable (soybeans, nuts and seeds).
It takes around one hour after eating for the tryptophan from foods to reach your brain. Eating a snack that includes tryptophan-rich foods an hour before bed could help induce sleep.
Here are some tryptophan-rich snack ideas: