Students frequently ask me, "What are some foods that affect insomnia in a positive way?"

A quick word about Tryptophan. Insomnia can be managed through nutrition. You have to be right up on the latest nutritional research, though and it is extremely important to know which foods to stay away from.

The "good" foods should be eaten later in the evening if at all possible.

 Tryptophan is an amino acid (a building block of protein) that is contained in many plants and animals. It is a component of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that creates calmness and drowsiness.  It is also used to synthesize the hormone melatonin, vital to the wake/sleep cycle.

Combining Tryptophan With The Right Carbohydrates:

Combining tryptophan with ample carbohydrates is the key to aiding tryptophan to get to the brain, where it works to combat insomnia. Adding carbohydrates with tryptophan triggers insulin release. This diverts toward muscle tissue other amino acids that are competing with tryptophan to reach the brain, enabling tryptophan to have an easy transport directly to the brain.

Some good low-protein/high-carbohydrate foods that produce serotonin:

Whole-grain cereals and breads; oats; brown rice; whole wheat pasta.

In the vegetable aisle: Sweet potatoes and yams, white potatoes, spinach, winter squash (butternut, acorn, etc.), brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, green peas, cauliflower, celery, beets, asparagus, corn, and low-fat dairy such as milk and yogurt; even low-fat ice cream.

In the fruit aisle: Bananas (high in potassium and magnesium, which are natural muscle relaxants), oranges, grapefruit, mangoes, grapes, papaya, plums.

More on the foods that affect insomnia in a positive way:

High carbohydrate, low protein foods contain large amounts of tryptophan which produces serotonin and melatonin. Both of these help the brain relax and cause drowsiness.

If you need to stay awake, you want to avoid these top causes of drowsiness. However, if you are having difficulty sleeping, you may want to eat these sleeper foods.


  • chocolate, pastries and desserts
  • bean burritos
  • nuts and seeds
  • legumes

Lastly, Tyrosine is another amino acid that is found in protein rich foods and helps the brain perk up. These are foods you may want to consume when you need to be sharp. Some categories of High protein, low carbohydrate foods that contain high amounts of tyrosine that will help the brain wake up are:

  • Seafood
  • Soy
  • Meat
  • Eggs
  • Dairy

Not knowing why you are sleepy or drowsy after eating can be pretty frustrating especially if you need to be awake.

By the way, do you want to know more about the foods that affect insomnia in a positive way? The link will take you to a video that describes how sleep deprivation can be tamed. I hope you enjoy it.

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By the way, do you want to know more about the foods that affect insomnia in a positive way? The link will take you to a video that describes how sleep deprivation can be tamed. I hope you enjoy it.

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