Did you know that some food makes you sleep?

Sleepy... - Certain foods can help you to sleep better.
@ahgong (10066)
Singapore
February 23, 2009 12:49am CST
This was something new to me. But when I heard if from the radio, it got me all curious. So I did some search on the internet and found that it is true. No wonder some of the breakfast I took or the meals I had for lunch makes me feel so sleepy. Aparrently, foods that contains tryptophan, the amino acid that the body uses to make serotonin, the neurotransmitter that slows down nerve traffic so your brain isn't so busy, make you feel sleepy. Foods that rank high on the Glycemic Index will also help you to fall asleep. Here is the list of foods that makes one sleepy: Golden Grahams Plain Bagel Corn chips Watermelon Honey Mashed potatoes Saltine crackers Graham crackers French fries Frozen waffles Vanilla wafers Grape-Nuts Flakes Jelly beans Pretzels Rice cakes Cornflakes Instant Rice Red baked potato French bread Tofu frozen dessert cottage cheese cheese and milk soy products seafood poultry whole grains beans hummus lentils hazelnuts peanuts eggs sesame and sunflower seeds That is like darn near everything that I eat for all my meals. No wonder I am always feeling sleepy in the office! Guess we must take note of what we eat eh? But these foods are best if you find it hard to go to bed at night.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
3 Jul 09
I knew that there had to be a reason for me to feel so sleepy :) This is quite an interesting post and one that I am keeping as reference, so I can balance my meals - hopefully :) I had heard about some foods that could make one sleepy, but hadn't researched enough to know which ones, know I know :)
@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
3 Jul 09
Yeah... me too. It was a relevation. Cos there are many times when I just cannot understand why I suddenly feel so sleepy. And when the Zee monster attacks at those times, they really are relentless. Now I am aware of the triggers... as in the foods that does it, I avoid them as much as possible when I am having my lunch on a working day!
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@maxilimian (3099)
• Indonesia
26 Feb 09
Really?? Right now i'm feel sleepy when read's your discussion i just know it from you but it's not because of too much eating? Usually when people get their meals too much they will feel sleepy
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
26 Feb 09
That is also possible. That is why I am not experimenting with the list just to see how it goes. What gave it away that this topic will be started by me? Is it the title? Or the subject?
@youless (93016)
• Guangzhou, China
26 Feb 09
Although I have no problem to fall asleep, but it is always good to learn this. Perhaps it will be helpful for me one day. As so far I only know the milk is a good food for you to fall asleep. I am surprised to know that actually there are much more foods work the same. I love China
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
26 Feb 09
Yeah, it was a surprise for me too. And looking at the least, it makes many questions I used to have about food and sleep answered. Heh heh... interesting, isn't it? To know that there are so many foods that can make you feel sleepy.
@ank_47 (1963)
• India
25 Feb 09
i don;t know all those list items can make us sleep . but onething i know is when i take rice and yogurt in dinner and night,i get good sleep whenever i want. yogurt makes us cool and gets good sleep also. yogurt is good for our health and if we get good sleep ,with sleep also our health will be good. so eat yogurt daily ,if u want good sleep.
@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
26 Feb 09
I may just give that a try! Yoghurt and sleep, never knew they would go together! Interesting. I will try it out to see if I can sleep better after eating yoghurt. Hmm... yoghurt and rice! That is a new combination that I have never tried. Is it good? Wouldn't it make the rice all creamy? And that would be very overwhelming, no?
@naka75 (797)
• Singapore
25 Feb 09
Yes serotonin can make one feel sleepy. In fact there are supplements that can help release this chemical for people to have a better quality of sleep. But eating foods that can make us feel sleepy is certainly not welcomed for the office workers. I will definitely feel sleepy when I consume soft drinks, fast food, or any starchy food. Milk products are also another culprit. Therefore I've switched to having light lunches avoiding the food you mentioned as far as possible. Also I'd drink water instead of canned drinks. So far this have been quite effective for me.
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
25 Feb 09
Yeah... I have been avoiding sodas as well. And it is working. I do not feel so sleepy in the afternoons. But I still feel tired. Probably the sleep I am getting is not quality enough. That has to be worked on. Maybe food from the list in the evenings may help!
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
24 Feb 09
Oh my... most of the food that i love to eat are on your list... maybe this is the reason why i always feel sleepy after eating lunch or dinner... i guess i need to make more research on this... and to try to schedule the type of food that i will prepare... Thanks for sharing this information...
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
24 Feb 09
Glad to be of help. We are all here to learn. And what is useful to me, I share in the hope that it would be useful to someone else too. In this case, it is useful to you. You are most welcome to share it with others too!
• China
24 Feb 09
Honey makes sleep, but honey makes me thirst.Usually I drink honey water and go to bed, but fastly I get thirst, so I drink water and go to wc, and again i feel thirst and drink water and again wc and drink and wc.........insomnia
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
24 Feb 09
Then don't drink honey. Take some thing else from the list then!
• Philippines
24 Feb 09
Thank you for this great wealth of information. I am taking watermelon juice before I go to sleep. Yes it gives me a more soundly sleep.
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
24 Feb 09
You are most welcome my friend. We are all here to learn. Glad that my discussion is something we all can learn from.
@jeseravi (338)
23 Feb 09
It's natural to have a sleepy feeling after eating, which would be caused by all foods, and not just the ones on your list haha.
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
23 Feb 09
Yeah... that is possible too. But to know what causes the sleepiness, wouldn't you want to try these foods for their effect? Especially on those long, insominia nights where you try to sleep but sleep just would not come?
@fren45 (898)
• Malaysia
23 Feb 09
just curious ahgong.. where do you source the information from.. pls pm me THANKS : )
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@VANILLAREY (1473)
• India
23 Feb 09
Wow that's a big list. Where did you get this information? I always felt energized after drinking milk.
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
23 Feb 09
I got it from different sources on the web. And since all of them listed the same food groups and similar food types, I just consolidate them into one single list. You do? I always feel good and relaxed after drinking milk. Especially warm milk. And on days which are particulary tough to sleep, it does help to some extend to help me go back to sleep. Maybe we all react differently to milk eh? I am one of the majority in general then.
@skyblue (1300)
• India
23 Feb 09
Hi Thanks for starting this discussion.Actually i want to know, are you sure that HONEY make me sleep?
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
23 Feb 09
Well, I just search it on the net. I am not sure if honey alone will make you sleep. Maybe the effect is not as strong as the other foods on the list. But I know that drinking honey sure has a soothing effect on me.