Fruits are healthy foods, but some of them help your body produce sleep-boosting chemicals. Others are so low in calories that they hydrate you, but don’t provide your body with the energy that it needs to recover (aka – sugar).
These delicious fruits are high in melatonin, a chemical that increases at night and decreases during the day. Melatonin is responsible for that fuzzy, groggy feeling you get after a great night’s sleep. Since cherries naturally contain lots of melatonin, don’t be surprised if you feel tired after eating a bowl of these fruits.
Figs are high in magnesium and fiber. They’ll fill you up and magnesium is a mineral that is linked to sleeping well. Figs can also help control your metabolism, so you’re not jittery at night. If you have insomnia that isn’t too severe, try some figs before you go to bed.
Prunes are high in fiber and have high levels of magnesium and melatonin. This combination makes them a good option for people looking to get a good night’s sleep naturally. Beware of any fruit that has lots of fiber, especially if you’re not used to it. You might wake up in the middle of the night or early in the morning and have to run to the bathroom.
Cucumbers are technically fruits, but they have a very low sugar content and a very high water content. If you’re drinking cucumber juice or eating cucumbers as a low-calorie snack after working out, you’ll feel full but tired. The water and fiber in this fruit fill you up, but the lack of sugar means that you’ll most likely want to take a nap.
Watermelon can make you feel tired, but not in the same way that cucumber. For people who are sensitive to high levels of sugar, beware of the watermelon. This fruit is juicy and sweet. You’ll get a sudden high dose of sugar in your system and that can make you pretty sleepy. Try eating watermelon with other things so you’re ingesting pure sugar water into your body.