The Best Fruits and Vegetables That Help You Sleep at Night

Garden Betty

Are there certain foods that help you sleep better?

Science says yes—and you might even have some of them in your garden or kitchen already.

These 13 fruits and vegetables (plus a highly revered medicinal herb) contain sleep-promoting compounds like magnesium and melatonin that naturally make you sleepier.


Recent research on kiwifruit has found that this small, oval fruit can improve sleep. In that study, people who ate two kiwis an hour before bedtime fell asleep faster, slept longer, and had better quality sleep.


Bananas are a good source of vitamin B6, which raises serotonin levels (the relaxing neurotransmitters that affect your quality of sleep), as well as potassium and magnesium, which help relax overstressed muscles.


At the risk of sounding trite, kale is actually really good for you—and good for your sleep. That’s because kale is loaded with calcium, which helps the brain use tryptophan to manufacture melatonin.


Tomatoes are rich in the phytonutrient lycopene, which helps you stay asleep. Your body can absorb lycopene more easily if it’s heated in a little fat, so simmer a pot of tomatoes on the stove with a drizzle of oil and a handful of basil.


Consuming carrots in their various forms (raw, cooked, or juiced) may lead to an easier time falling asleep when counting sheep is no longer an option.

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