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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Soy Story

Calcium-fortified soy milk boasts two sleep-boosting nutrients: tryptophan, which increases the snooze-inducing serotonin in the brain, and calcium, which helps your body use the tryptophan to manufacture melatonin, another natural sleep aid.

Best bet: Heat it up a bit—some people find a warm drink is more relaxing than something straight from the fridge.

Other sources of calcium: Milk, cheese, yogurt

Try this: Use soy milk to make instant pudding, and then layer with fruit and fat-free whipped topping for a bedtime parfait, suggests Holly Clegg, author of the Trim & Terrific cookbook series. (http://thehealthycookingblog.com

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