The Surprising Fruit That Can Help You Get To Sleep

When you're desperate for a good night's sleep, you'll try almost anything. Scientists say there may be one option that's easy, accessible, and even tastes good: Snacking on a banana before bed just might be the key to a better night's sleep.

Bananas are packed full of good nutrients, some of which help bring on sleep. In addition, they're carb-heavy, which in and of itself can promote a sleepy feeling, according to Health. The carbs are also fast-digesting, so they shouldn't lead to stomach issues as you sleep (via Men's Health).

This healthy fruit contains vitamin B6 which is a key element in the body's ability to produce melatonin, according to Amerisleep. Melatonin is the compound that tells our body it's time to wind down. Some people with sleep problems augment their melatonin production by taking an over-the-counter supplement. However, before making a melatonin supplement part of your nightly routine, discuss the option with your doctor.

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Bananas areĀ  chock full of potassium and magnesium. Both are minerals that promote muscle relaxation and help calm the body (via LIVESTRONG). A large banana has about 10 percent of the daily recommended allowance of potassium and 12 percent of the recommended allowance of magnesium for women (nine percent for men).

They also contain tryptophan, the amino acid that's infamous for making us sleepy after Thanksgiving's turkey dinner. Tryptophan is metabolized into serotonin, the neurotransmitter that controls melatonin production to bring on a sleepy feeling.

All that being said, don't worry that enjoying a banana in the middle of the day will make you drowsy. Melatonin production is also controlled by factors like natural light and circadian rhythms, and begins to ramp up naturally during evening hours (via WedMD). A banana near bedtime will simply augment this natural process, and could help bring on a better night's sleep.