Foods to Help Adults & Children Sleep

During certain times in our lives, we’re under stress.  It may be hard to sleep and unwind when we get into bed at night.  Or what about the active toddler?  Here are some ideas that might help:

  • Warm milk – contains calcium & the amino acid tryptophan which has a sedative effect – the calcium helps the body use tryptophan more efficiently
  • Banana – converts to serotonin & melatonin which promote sleep, and also contains magnesium which helps muscles relax
  • Oatmeal – also converts to melatonin, and also contains B6 which increases serotonin levels

So, if you or your child like to have a little snack before bedtime, try one of these and see if it helps.  Better yet, try two or all three of them.


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