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11/06/2014 10:01 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

3 Foods That Will Help You Sleep Better Tonight

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By Jihan Thompson

Breakfast: Eggs

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Amino acids in eggs may stimulate neurons that produce orexins, which play a key role in regulating REM sleep and daytime wakefulness.

Lunch: Tart Cherry Juice

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Researchers from Louisiana State University found that insomniacs who drank tart cherry juice twice a day for two weeks began sleeping approximately 85 minutes longer each night.

Dinner: Jasmine Rice

jasmine rice

A small study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that when subjects' dinner consisted mainly of jasmine rice -- a food high on the glycemic index -- they fell asleep roughly twice as fast as those whose meal included rice low on the index. High GI foods can trigger the release of the sleep-promoting amino acid tryptophan. The index ranks how much carb-containing foods raise blood sugar. The lower a food is on the scale, the less its effect.

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