7 foods that make you sleepy and 7 that keep you awake

Food

Can’t sleep? The problem and solution both may lie in your kitchen… 

7 SLEEP INDUCING FOODS

Foods that make you sleepy are often rich in L-Tryptophan, an amino acid that acts as a natural sedative. Minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium and potasium work their magic on muscles and get them relaxed.


Bananas are an excellent food to eat to feel sleepy. They contain magnesium and potassium, both naturally-occurring muscle relaxants, as well as sleep-inducing carbs and L-Tryptophan.

Figs pack potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron These minerals help blood flow and muscle contraction, which are key for falling asleep.”

Watermelon– half it’s weight in water,  tanks you up with fluid and fibre ensuring some peaceful zzzzzs.

As you might have deduced, sometimes the reason sleep is eluding you is as simple as not enough water! Hydration is an absolute must.

Sweet potatoes are great sources of potassium, magnesium, and calcium to help you relax. Instead of going for french fries next time, how about a bacth of baked sweet potato fingers? Delicious and calming!

No surprise here, but herbal tea has tons of snooze-promoting properties. Chamomile tea, like its cousin ginger tea is excellent for calming nerves before bedtime. It does both- hydrates and soothes the stomach.

Oatmeal never fails to amaze me. Grains in oatmeal trigger insulin production, raise your blood sugar naturally and make you feel sleepy. Oats are also rich in melatonin, which relaxes the body and helps you fall asleep. For more on this fantastic Cereal Killer, check here. Another food rich in melatonin-cherries!

Almonds. Just a handful of these and you’ll be dozing off in no time. Almonds contain tryptophan and magnesium, which in addition to calming muscles, also steadies your heart rhythm.

7 FOODS THAT KEEP YOU AWAKE

That big dinner of KFC nuggest! Fried foods can sit in your stomach long after they leave your plate. Since they take long to digest, its preferable to opt for grilled foods instead. Not laying down for at least 30 minutes after a heavy meal speeds up digestion and prevents heartburn. Or else that chicken will do a burning dance in your chest and keep you awake!

Soy sauce is extremely high in salt and therefore very dehydrating. Chances are you will wake up parched and thristy after a hearty Chinese dinner or Sushi plate. Just one teaspoon of soy sauce contains more than half of your daily value for sodium. Choose low-sodium versions and eat at least 2 hours before bedtime.

Peppermints. Minty-fresh candy and gum act as stimulants. So definitely not your go-to for inducing sleep. They will help on the morning after! 😉

Squeezed citrus, like orange and grapefruit juices, might trigger a nasty case of heartburn. These acidic foods can cause reflux in some people, so steer clear if you are one of those.

Processed meats: like Soy sauce, processed meats contain high levels of sodium, which will have waking you up and reaching for a glass of water. Besides, these meats are the devil incarnate healthwise. Stay away!

Spicy food. Those tear-inducing Indian dinners and hot wings may taste damn good, but they aren’t going to feel so great come bedtime and come heartburn. Eat your favorite hot foods early enough or maybe even for lunch.

Coffee & Black Tea– both high in caffeine and a constant companion when you’re burning the midnight oil. This should be a no brainer. On that note, a quick mention of alcohol. It deceptively makes you think you’re relaxing. But what it actually does is prevent your body from entering the deep stages of sleep.