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1 food that can help you sleep—and 5 that might not

By Michelle Edelbaum, March 11, 2010 - 11:32am

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Michelle asks: What foods help you sleep?


Isn't it true that calcium is an important building block for muscles, and for many keeps away nighttime muscle cramps? So, milk (or tums) before bed will help some people sleep better.


03/17/2010 - 9:22am

I question the value of recommending that one eat a high GI rice in order to get more sleep if that person is diabetic.


03/20/2010 - 4:50pm

you didnt put alot of thought into this article


03/25/2010 - 1:36am

This "study" was done on 12 males, 18-35 years old that did NOT have sleep problems. Please do some real research before you write things that are very misleading.

You have discredited yourself and you publisher.

Here is the link to the "study".


03/25/2010 - 12:42pm

Michelle, it is a shame that you should recommend an unhealthy trick on a site that purports to advise on healthy eating. A high GI diet is bad for almost everyone. The rapid rise in insulin is unhealthy in a number of ways that I won't bother to detail. One group of people that eats high-GI meals before bed is sumo wrestlers. Part of their daily weight gain regimen is to eat a large quantity of rice and then take a nap. So, yes, all those carbs might help you sleep, but is it worth it?


03/25/2010 - 10:03pm

Thank you for sharing. Being a first time mom I don't have time to workout nor do I get enough sleep. Despite my healthy eating I continue to gain weight. Now I know that sleep deprivation is the culprit.


03/27/2010 - 7:54am

I agree with all the comments so far. The most shocking "recommendation" was to eat a high GI meal. (HUH?!?!?) Also, sleep supplements are WORTH a try IF you are having troubles sleeping and aren't ready to turn to your doctor for a prescription. Don't discredit them completely! However, just like anything, a person must use caution. Valerian Root works for me, but you can build up a tolerance, so don't take it all the time. I sincerely hope that people who read a lot of these articles take them with a grain of salt.....


10/14/2010 - 5:09pm

Taking a calcium suppliment a hour or so befor bed helps.


10/14/2010 - 5:16pm

I wish I knew. I am 78, fit, exercise 5 days a week in morning. Eat very healthy, take supplements. Have NO trouble falling asleep...but after 2-3 hours I awaken. Some times I fall back to sleep immediately, other times I am awake for 2-3 hours. I don't feel tired all day until after dinner. Then I could doze and go to bed. I don't until 10 p.m. ANy thoughts? I prefer not taking medications.,


10/14/2010 - 5:47pm

I like to eat I micro potato in the evening (nothing on it). I am prone to leg and feet cramps so the potassium in the potato helps to avoid those aweful cramps.


10/15/2010 - 2:08am

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