Oatmeal, whole-grain cereals and breads, and other complex carbohydrates increase production of serotonin, a kind of chemical lullaby, if you will. Serotonin slows nerve activity, calming the brain and spreading a “feel-good” message throughout your body. When darkness enters the picture, the brain converts serotonin to yet another hormone, melatonin, which regulates sleep.
Red Meat and Other Iron-Rich Foods
If restless legs keep you awake, it’s possible that you have a form
of anemia caused by iron deficiency. Consult a physician to find out if
you do. The doctor may prescribe supplements or a diet rich in iron to
help correct the problem. Choose lean red meat for the least saturated
fat, and eat it for lunch rather than dinner because its protein can
counteract sleep-inducing serotonin.