Have you ever noticed how some foods make you sleepy? Food interacts with alertness through a series of chemical reactions in our brain and body. Or you may have noticed you have trouble falling asleep after a large carbohydrate-heavy meal—indigestion or acid reflux from dinner can sabotage your sleep. Similarly, going to bed hungry can ruin your sleep with prolonged stomach contractions and gnawing aches and pains.
As a Ph.D. diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine since 1984, I'm committed to helping people get the best sleep. I've dedicated 35 years to the study of human sleep and clinical sleep disorders—including how what we eat affects our night. Here, I'm sharing the best foods to naturally boost sleep quality without packing on extra pounds.