We all know that a good night’s sleep is vital to an overall healthy well-being. Aside from electronics, stress, and other factors that might be keeping you up in bed, certain foods can affect your sleep as well. We’re always told we shouldn’t eat before bed, but it turns out that isn’t completely true…sort of.

Research reveals that certain foods can actually help you sleep more soundly, while others (namely those that are high in saturated fat and sugar) can contribute to hours of tossing and turning. If you need a late night nosh, try these healthy, sleep-boosting snacks. They’ll fill you up and help you doze off — without packing on the pounds.

From cherries to pumpkin seeds, these below snacks are perfect to consume before bedtime!

Turkey Breast
Turkey contains high levels of essential amino acid tryptophan. Studies show that foods with tryptophan increase serotonin production, which in turn promote sleep. Plus, a few slices of this lean protein will only set you back about 100 calories.

Cherries contain high levels of phytochemicals. In fact, they’re one of the only natural food sources of melatonin, a chemical that helps control your body’s internal clock and sleep patterns. If fresh cherries aren’t in season, try dried cherries or cherry juice (with no added sugar, of course).

Ending the night with gauc? Yes, please! Avocados are loaded with omegas and magnesium which is shown to have a positive effect on sleep quality.

Apples and Peanut Butter
A childhood favorite, this classic combo is packed with protein, fiber, and complex carbs. The omegas in peanut butter improve heart health and also boost serotonin levels.

All-mighty almonds are a great source of protein and magnesium which promote muscle relaxation and restful sleep. Grab a handful or swap out peanut butter for almond butter with your apple slices!

Eating a banana before bed can really help you fall asleep? Yes! Bananas are full of satisfying fiber, sleep-inducing tryptophan, and natural muscle relaxants, magnesium and potassium.

xx, The FabFitFun Team