07/20/2012 08:41 am ET

Sleep-Promoting (And Sleep-Stealing) Foods

By Angela Haupt for U.S. News Health

Tossing and turning. Long, sleepless nights. They're draining, frustrating and, well, exhausting -- physically and mentally. And they're usually unnecessary, experts say, but can be counteracted by minor dietary tweaks. Indeed, what you put in your mouth can directly affect how many ZZZs come out. "The majority of people with day-to-day insomnia could be sleeping like puppies if they made just a few changes," says Jacob Teitelbaum, medical director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers, which are located nationwide, and author of "From Fatigued to Fantastic". "And if you know how to eat right? You're going to be way ahead of the game."

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From cherries to almonds, consider these soothing, snooze-inducing foods and steer clear of those that'll have the opposite effect:

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