According to an article published in the Harvard Gazette, the brain gets repaired and reorganised during sleep. Unfortunately, some people find it hard to get some shut-eye due to insomnia, resulting in feelings of fatigue and poor performance at work or school. Insomnia results from a number of things. It could be due to lifestyle habits, such as watching TV right before bedtime, or it could be due to some illnesses such as arthritis that come with sleep-robbing pain. But the condition can be down to the food you eat, according to a research published in the journal, Appetite.

Here are 3 foods you must stock up on if you are to snooze for long.

1. Cherries

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Research that was published in the European Journal of Nutrition indicated that subjects who consumed an ounce of tart cherry juice every day had deeper sleep without frequent interruptions. That’s because cherries have the hormone melatonin which the body sees as a signal to shut down and drift to dreamland.

2. Bananas

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The good old yellow fruit has been touted as a great sleep aid by science for long. That’s because bananas are packed with potassium and magnesium, minerals that have been found to have a sedative effect on the body. A study that appeared in the Journal of Research and Medical Sciences proved that adults that took magnesium enjoyed deeper and longer sleep. Surprisingly, they also found it easier to wake up in the morning.

3. Almonds

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Speaking of magnesium, almonds are another food that is loaded with the mineral. Magnesium relaxes the muscles which is necessary for you to hit the pillow, and almonds have 268 mg of Magnesium for every 100 grams.

4. Spinach

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As if the health benefits of this versatile vegetable are not enough, it actually acts as an insomniac’s companion as well. That’s thanks to its load of tryptophan as well as folate and magnesium. You can also get a sizeable dose of vitamin C and B6 and these are essential in the manufacturing of serotonin, which in turn is necessary for the production of melatonin, the brain’s sleep signal.

5. Poultry

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If you love poultry, here is another reason to fall deeper in love. Research has shown that people suffering from insomnia could sleep easily with just a quarter of a gram of tryptophan, and that’s exactly how much you can find in chicken drumsticks. For a killer combination, you can drink some almond milk to get some vitamin B6 which also plays a role in your falling asleep.