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Foods That Are Secretly Making You Sleepier

July 12, 2016

You may think some of these foods are fatigue-fighting, but they happen to be doing just the opposite…

Oatmeal
Why this happens to be a breakfast staple, I do not know. The grains that are in this "day-starting" meal trigger insulin production like that in whole-grain bread which raises your blood sugar and ultimately makes you sleepy. While oats are also rich in melatonin, this helps the body relax and fall asleep.

Honey
Hopefully you aren’t adding extra sleepiness into your oatmeal with this natural sugar.  Since honey contains glucose it tells your brain to shut off the chemical known to trigger alertness, orexin. On the plus side, for a good night’s sleep help yourself to a spoonful before bed.

Almonds
While these are super healthy nuts to snack on, don’t eat too many if you want to stay awake. Almonds are full of magnesium and tryptophan which both naturally reduce muscle and nerve function while steading your heart rhythm. Various other nuts and cherries have high magnesium levels as well, therefore they will also have this effect on you.

Dark Chocolate
While milk chocolate can keep you up all night, eating the healthier alternative can put you to sleep. It contains serotonin which relaxes your mind and body.

Bananas
Also high in magnesium, bananas are known to be high in potassium which also serves as a muscle and nerve relaxant. The vitamin B6 vitamin found in bananas also converts tryptophan into serotonin which makes eating bananas during the work day a big ‘no’ for those already experiencing fatigue.