6 Ways to Make Sure Your Dreams Will Be Sweet

Happy-sleep strategies for pleasant dreams (8 Photos)

Alice Lesch Kelly on Aug 17, 2010 at 11:34AM

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6 Ways to Make Sure Your Dreams Will Be Sweet


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Eat to Snooze

No foods guarantee sweet dreams, but certain bedtime snacks can help you sleep. For example:

  • Turkey and whole-grain cereals contain tryptophan, an amino acid that helps boost levels of serotonin, a neurochemical that contributes to relaxation and sleep.
  • Cherries contain melatonin, which regulates sleep/wake cycles.
  • Foods that are rich in magnesium (such as nuts and leafy greens) and calcium (such as milk, soy milk and yogurt) may also aid sleep.
  • Some people find that warm milk or decaffeinated herbal tea can soothes them and helps them relax before sleep.


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