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Why You Should Eat a Banana Each Night Before Bed

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Are you ready to go to sleep after a long day of "normal human" cosplay? Are you hoping to fall asleep right away instead of staring at the ceiling for hours? You likely already have the ingredients for a bedtime diet snack to help you stay away. In an episode of the YouTube series Well + Good's You Versus Food, Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, MS, RD, strongly debates bananas and peanut butter as the best snacks for better sleep.

What you eat before bed and how quickly you eat before bed can affect your sleep and digestion. If your food is not digested before bed, your body needs a break to digest the food. Elevated glucose levels can keep you awake, says Beckerman, noting that it also depends on how sensitive your body is. She doesn't recommend sugar or refined carbohydrates before bed, as these can lead to poor sleep and poor digestion. But sometimes your brain screams "give me a cake" after a tiring day of refined sugar and carbs with the help of dopamine. Banana with peanut butter is a bedtime snack that can actually help you sleep better.

Not only are the combinations delicious, these ingredients also help each other shine. "Bananas are high in potassium and magnesium, which can help relax your muscles," explains Beckerman. (Most of us don't get enough magnesium.) Peanut oil contains tryptophan, an amino acid that is converted to serotonin in the brain and is a precursor to melatonin. Eaten together, banana carbs can make tryptophan more accessible to your brain and improve your ability to sleep. "Pampering yourself is the best way to sleep," he said.

Peanut butter is more than just a great breakfast for a better night's sleep:

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Tracy Lockwood Beckerman

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