There are some foods that can help us fall asleep faster and allow us to get a more rested night of sleep. These foods contain melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating our wake/sleep cycles. When bedtime is near, there is a natural increase in melatonin production to help us fall asleep, and when we wake up, melatonin levels are lower so we can be ready to conquer the day.
Whole grain foods such as oatmeal, popcorn, or whole-wheat crackers. Bonus tip: oatmeal before bed can help decrease the chance of your baby or child pooping at night or early morning.
Nuts contain heart healthy fats and good for sleep, specifically almonds and walnuts.
Fruits such as tart cherry juice and whole tart cherries (cherry season is right around the corner!), bananas, pineapple, and kiwi.
For adults, a cup of tea with chamomile, ginger, or peppermint can help us relax. If you are one of the families I have worked with, enjoy your Sleepytime Tea!