What foods should you eat -- or avoid -- to get a good night's sleep.
Nothing is more annoying than insomnia and getting a good night's sleep is essential for good health. Check out this list of potential good and bad foods when it comes to getting some shut-eye.
Chicken is one of the worst foods to eat before bed. Chicken or any type of protein takes longer to digest. Digestion slows down at night, which means your body won't be focusing on sleeping.
Cherries are one of the best foods to eat before bed. They contain melatonin, a chemical that helps control our internal clocks.
Wine, or any type of alcohol is one of the worst things to drink before bed. Health experts say it metabolizes quickly in your system and causes you to wake up during the night.
Milk is great to drink before bed. It contains amino acid tryptophan, a precursor to the chemical seratonin, which could make it easier for you to sleep.
Dark chocolate is one of the worst foods to eat if you're trying to catch some ZZZs. Chocolate contains caffeine and other stimulants that can increase heart rate and sleeplessness.
Jasmine rice is a good food to eat to before heading to bed. It digests slowly and releases glucose slowly and gradually into the bloodstream.
Indian curry and other heavy spices can keep you awake at night. They can also cause heartburn.
Fortified cereal is a great pre-bedtime snack. It contains good or complex carbs which take longer to digest.
Red Bull is a no go for bedtime. One can contains 80 milligrams of caffeine or the equivalent of a Starbucks espresso.
Bananas help promote sleep because they contain the natural muscle-relaxants magnesium and potassium. They're also carbs, which will make you sleepy as well.
Mountain Dew contains 71 milligrams of caffeine per 12 ounce serving, nearly the max of the USDA allows.
No surprise here. Coffee is one of the worst things to drink before bed because it is a stimulant which will keep you up all night.
Sweet Potatoes are a sleeper's dream. Not only do they provide sleep-promoting complex carbohydrates, they also contain that muscle-relaxant potassium.
A bacon cheeseburger may look good, but it's not good for you if you're trying to catch some ZZZs. The high-fat content is a guaranteed sleep-killer and could cause heartburn.
Tea makes you drowsy and doesn't contain caffeine. It's a yawn in a cup!