Eat These Foods Before Bed To Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Food is fuel for your body, but different foods affect your body in different ways. If you’re having trouble sleeping, that could be because you’re eating food that’s giving you lots of energy right before you’re trying to wind down for the night.

According to, around 50 to 70 million Americans per year report that they have trouble falling asleep. If you are among those millions, you might want to consider snacking on some of these foods before bedtime.

Oatmeal Isn’t Just For Mornings

oatmeal in a bowl with a spoon and a side of maple syrup
Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post via Getty Images
Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Most people think of oatmeal as a breakfast food. Oats are full of fiber which breaks down in your body slowly throughout the day, giving you long-lasting energy. Oatmeal also makes a great late-night snack. Whole-grain oats increase the body’s production of insulin, which causes neural pathways to transfer tryptophan to the brain and raise blood sugar.

Oats also contain high amounts of vitamin B6 and melatonin. Vitamin B6 has been connected to stress reduction and melatonin is a hormone that has been linked to inducing feelings of sleepiness.