7 Foods That Help You Sleep

Short on shut-eye? Try these snooze-inducing bedtime snacks (8 Photos)

Alice Lesch Kelly on May 7, 2010 at 12:31PM

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7 Foods That Help You Sleep

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They’re not just for pie filling: Cherries contain melatonin, a compound that plays a part in healthy sleep. “Melatonin may help regulate sleep-wake cycles,” Moore says, “especially for people experiencing a disruption to the body’s internal clock, like night-shift workers.”

Best bet: Keep cherries fresh longer by storing them in the refrigerator and washing them just before eating.

Other sources of melatonin: Oats, sweet corn, rice

Try this: Make cherry relish to accompany a turkey sandwich. Saute fresh ginger, garlic and onion in a small amount of vegetable oil; add coarsely chopped cherries and continue to saute until the cherries begin to soften. Serve hot or cold.

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