Most people recognize that the Turkey Day Food Coma results from the Trytophan Effect (the amino acid found in foods like turkey meat causes droopy eyelids and a powerful urge to nap). But when you're actually having trouble falling asleep, turkey isn't always exactly a go-to snack to keep on-hand. Ahead, several sleep-inducing foods that can function as midnight snacks or diet additions to help keep your circadian clock in-step.More
The food many people turn to anyways when they're sad and tired but can't get back to sleep also happens to have sleep-inducing effects. Many fortified cereals like Cheerios and shredded wheat varieties contain vitamin b6, which is one thing that'll make it easier to sleep soundly.
The chickpeas in hummus are a valuable source of trytophan and b6, the vitamin that helps you produce the sleep hormone melatonin. If you're looking for a healthier, low-calorie midnight snack, try a slice of whole-grain bread with hummus or a little bit of hummus with crackers.