In a small clinical study, researchers found that a nourishing diet, high in fiber and low in both sugar and saturated fat, led to falling asleep faster and sleeping more deeply. More research is needed to confirm the link, in particular for people who have trouble sleeping. But there’s no need to wait for confirmation to align your plate with the principles in the study. Vegetables and fruit, lentils and beans, intact (not stripped) grains like brown rice and quinoa, and nutritious fats from salmon, ocean trout and avocados all fit the bill. You’ll position yourself for good health on any number of fronts, including a lower risk of inflammation and cardiovascular disease.
“The results of this study are important because there is currently very little scientifically based information about eating for better sleep.” Michelle Drerup, PsyD.