Who would ever think that the classic hors d’oeuvre tray could help you get to sleep? It’s certainly designed to relax us.
Here’s why: You know that feeling you get, after a big turkey dinner, like the feast at Thanksgiving? Sleep expert, Dr. Christopher Winter, says cheddar cheese has 60% more tryptophan than turkey. Tryptophan is an amino acid. It helps your body produce melatonin, the sleep hormone.
But your brain actually needs a combination of the cheese and other specific items, to trigger the spa-like effect.
By itself, protein actually keeps tryptophan from traveling to the brain, to make you relaxed and sleepy. So, your brain really needs a combination of the cheese with carbohydrates – like a few crackers – to relax your mind. The carbs help carry the tryptophan to your brain. So, this is a great way to Eat or Sleep Smarter Not Harder.