According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average human requires between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. If you are having trouble meeting this goal, instead of reaching for an over-the-counter or prescription sleep aid, try remedying your sleep patterns by adding these foods to your diet for better sleep naturally.
References and recommended readings
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Contributed by Elaine Hinzey, RDN, LD/N
Review date: March 3/26/16