Some nutrients lead to better sleep

3 bright red tomatoesPeople who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep should try varying their diet with foods containing these nutrients, recently identified by the University of Pennsylvania.

Lycopene: An antioxidant compound that gives fruits—including grapefruit, tomatoes, papaya and watermelon—their color.

Selenium: A mineral with antioxidant properties that’s found in fish, such as halibut, tuna and cod, as well as nuts, shellfish, turkey and barley.

Vitamin C: An essential nutrient most commonly obtained from oranges and other citrus fruits, kiwi, strawberries, peppers and broccoli.

In addition, foods that are easy to digest, such as cereal, potatoes and white bread, when eaten a few hours before bedtime, will help you fall asleep faster, according to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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