Sleep-promoting foods run the gamut, and experts have their own top-tier lists—but they all agree, on some level, that colorful, magnesium-rich plants are a fabulous choice. See, magnesium is a mineral that's important for lots of functions in the body, including sleep, and it's a major nutrient gap (i.e., almost half the nation).* "Nuts, seeds, whole grains, leafy greens, legumes—these are magnesium-dense foods that should go into your [grocery] cart," our director of scientific affairs and in-house nutritionist, Ashley Jordan Ferira, Ph.D., RDN, told us on the mindbodygreen podcast.
We're certainly not going to knock a healthy bedtime treat, especially one that includes the essential mineral, but Ferira also shares an interesting link between time-restricted eating (a type of intermittent fasting) and sleep from a recent study she read in the journal Endocrine Reviews. Below, she breaks down the science.