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(HealthDay News) -- What you eat and drink can have a big impact on your ability to fall or stay asleep. Many foods can make you feel drowsy, while others can cause trouble sleeping.
- Carbohydrate-laden foods make it easier for a sleep-inducing amino acid called tryptophan to reach the brain. Tryptophan is found in many protein rich-foods. So combining proteins and carbs makes for good pre-bedtime snacks. Examples include milk and cereal, cheese and crackers or peanut butter and toast.
- Eating a big meal also can trigger sleepiness, particularly when it's heavy in carbohydrates.
- Caffeine in the late afternoon or before bedtime can inhibit drowsiness, but can lead to trouble sleeping.
- Energy drinks may temporarily boost energy levels, but they often cause a crash and ultimately can lead to drowsiness.
- Alcohol can cause disruptions in sleep and inhibit entering the deep stages of sleep.
-- Diana Kohnle
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