4 Nutrients to Help You Sleep

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Eat crappy, sleep crappy. That's the message of a new study from the University of Pennsylvania. It found that people who reported the healthiest sleep patterns also had the most varied diets.

These key nutrients have been shown to play a role in regulating sleep, so aim to eat them often for sounder slumber.

Nutrients to Help You Sleep


Lycopene is found in grapefruit, tomatoes, papaya and watermelon.

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Nutrients to Help You Sleep


Get it in fish such as halibut, tuna and cod, as well as shellfish, barley, turkey and nuts.

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Nutrients to Help You Sleep

Vitamin C

The top sources of vitamin C include pineapple, strawberries, papaya, cirrus fruits, bell peppers, broccoli, and kale.

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Nutrients to Help You Sleep


According to a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating easily digested carbs (such as cereal, rice, potatoes or white bread) four hours before bedtime led people to fall asleep faster.

This article originally appeared on Health.com.

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