Dietitian: Healthy snacks to help you get restful sleep

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CLEVELAND - We fall back this weekend, so we'll pick up an extra hour of sleep, but if you'd like to get a little more sleep every night, try changing your diet.

Tara Harwood is a registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic. She says certain foods promote the production of serotonin, which plays a role in the regulation of sleep.

"So, food along with vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid can help you go to sleep. So, you want to make sure you're choosing a diet full of complex carbohydrates, lean proteins," said Harwood.

Harwood says bananas are packed with complex carbohydrates and whole grain cereal with skim milk will get you your vitamin B6. Low-fat dairy products are considered a great lean source of protein and B12 is found in seafood, particularly clams, oysters and mussels.

Harwood says everyone is different, so find the bedtime snack that works for you. Harwood says the important thing is to eat about the same time every night.

"Every night, about the same time, choose a healthy snack. Try to go to bed without distractions at the same time. And then, over time, you'll gradually develop this really nice sleeping routine and you'll go to sleep a lot quicker and you'll have a better, more deep sleep," said Harwood.

Harwood recommends eating your bed time snack about 30 minutes to hour before bedtime to feel its effects.

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