What to Eat Before Bed: 10 Foods That Help You Sleep

What to Eat Before Bed: 10 Foods That Help You Sleep | Baby Chick

By Kate Horney

Kate Horney is our resident Fit Chick! She’s the Founder of BeyondFit Mom and mama of two little boys.

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As a new mom, I know what it’s like to be a busy woman who wants to regain her body (and energy). I created BeyondFit Mom to give women the tools needed to reach their fat-loss, health, energy, nutrition, and training goals. It’s not about a quick-fix program that leaves you floundering after a few weeks. BeyondFit Life is about results now and in the future. It’s about ongoing support, learning, education, and information sharing so you can take your results “BeyondFit” and into the rest of your life. I’m the founder of BeyondFit Mom, with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science. I’m a professional fat-loss expert with years of experience in helping women shed body fat, boost fitness, and learn how to live a fat-loss lifestyle. I’m also a mom to two little boys, and BeyondFit Mom is my other baby!

As moms, we all know the importance of sleep! Your body burns fat, regenerates your cells, and slows the effects of aging while you sleep! Lack of sleep elevates our cortisol levels and stress hormones, causing our bodies to STORE rather than BURN fat.

But what do you do when mom life interferes with getting the sleep you need?


And if you find yourself hungry at night, healthy bedtime snacks really can help you get a better night’s sleep.

Here are some nutrition tips that will help you make the most of the the time you do get to sleep and allow your body to work while you are sound asleep.

That’s right, eating at night isn’t as bad as you might have thought–provided you focus on the right types of healthy bedtimes snacks. (No, chips and ice cream on the couch at midnight doesn’t count!)


If you’re looking for healthy bedtime snacks to help you sleep, find something that contains one of the three chemicals that impact sleep:

  • Tryptophan: an amino acid that triggers serotonin.
  • Serotonin: a hormone that relaxes the body and triggers melatonin production.
  • Melatonin: a hormone that induces sleep and wake patterns.

Here are some healthy bedtime snacks containing melatonin–the hormone that controls wake and sleep patterns. Although your body naturally produces melatonin, it is also found in some foods.

Healthy Bedtime Snacks: MELATONIN

The following foods contain melatonin or induce the body’s natural production of melatonin:


  1. Apples
  2. Bananas
  3. Almonds
  4. Ginger
  5. Cherries
  6. Fennel seeds
  7. Oats
  8. Grapes
  9. Kiwi
  10. Radishes

Other foods that help you sleep include milk, oranges, peppers, pineapple, rice, spinach, sunflower seeds, strawberries, turkey, tomatoes and wine. 🙂

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