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5 Snacks to Help You Fall Asleep

Tired of tossing and turning all night? As college students we need our sleep, but we just so happen to be night owls at the same time. We have busy schedules full of classes, exams, internships, clubs, papers, and so much more—but what happens if you can’t fall asleep the night before a big exam or a busy day? Here is a list of midnight snacks and foods that will you fall asleep so you can be prepared for the busy day ahead.


  1. Cherries

Cherries are a good fruit to eat to help you fall asleep because they have melatonin. Melatonin is a chemical that manages your internal clock and it will help you get back on track if your schedule is off.

  1. Milk

Did your parents ever give you a glass of warm milk to help you fall asleep? Well it looks like it was actually beneficial. Milk has the amino acid tryptophan which is the precursor to the chemical serotonin. The combination of both of these helps you fall asleep.

  1. Cereal

Carbs in general are good to eat before bed, but the addition of milk it makes it even better.

  1. Bananas

Bananas contain potassium and magnesium which are muscle relaxants. They also contain carbs which creates another two-for-one situation like cereal does!

  1. Non-Caffeinated Tea

Chamomile, Valerian, and Motherwort teas have been proven to make you drowsy and put you in a deeper sleep. Just make sure you pick a decaffeinated tea, otherwise you will be up all night.


Although these are not meals, this is a good list of possible midnight snacks to eat while you’re getting ready for bed. It has also been proven that hunger can inhibit deep sleep; therefore, you should eat if you’re hungry—just make sure you eat something that makes you drowsy.


By Lina Sullivan