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iVillage.com: What to Eat When: Food Fixes for Everyday Aches and Pains

You Have Insomnia: Eat Two Cups of Air-popped Popcorn

Straight-up carbohydrates (hold the fat and protein) allow the body to make serotonin, a brain chemical that relaxes your system and helps you fall sleep, says Elizabeth Somer, registered dietitan and author of Eat Your Way to Happiness. But there’s no need to carbo-load like a marathoner when you’re faced with insomnia. “You only need about 30 grams of carbohydrates to get this effect,” she says. What about the bedtime classic, warm milk? Even though it contains a snooze-inducing amino acid called tryptophan, the protein in milk can actually block serotonin from being built, says Somer. To better lull those peepers to sleep, she suggests noshing on some popcorn instead.

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