8 Foods that Fight Insomnia

Before reaching for the sleeping pills, try looking around your kitchen. These nutritionist-backed approaches may help you fall — and stay — asleep

Can’t drift off to dreamland? Insomnia — defined as a persistent inability to fall and stay asleep — is distressingly common in the US, with roughly 60 million people saying they have at least mild issues with falling or staying asleep. Sleeping pills are a go-to option for 9 million Americans, and come with a slew of side effects such as headaches, dizziness, daytime sleepiness, dry mouth, constipation and more that may pose a risk to your health. Is there a better way to get a good night’s sleep without a pill? Try one or more of these nutritionist-backed remedies.

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Perri O. Blumberg

Perri O. Blumberg

Perri O. Blumberg is a freelance writer based in Manhattan. She was the former food editor at Reader’s Digest, where she convinced a mainstream audience that eating vegan isn’t crazy, and recently graduated New York City’s Natural Gourmet Institute, the leading plant-based, health-supportive culinary school in America. Follow her on Twitter @66PerriStreet.


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