11 Foods That May Help Your Kid Sleep Through the Night

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Bedtime can be the bane of a parent’s existence. Between restlessness, delay tactics, and complaints that your kiddo is “just not tired,” getting kids to stay in bed and actually sleep through the night can be a challenge. So learning that there may be foods that can help kids sleep through the night is huge news.

Getting quality sleep is one of the most important things that children can do for their health and well-being. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that regular sleep deprivation can lead to irritability, difficulty concentrating, hypertension, headaches, and depression. Conversely, children who get enough sleep have a healthier immune system, and better school performance, behavior, memory, and mental health. Bottom line: good sleep can do wonders for your kids.

And it’s true that – in conjunction with classic sleep-supporting tips such as avoiding screens before bedtime, keeping the bedroom cool, and trying calming techniques like meditation – eating the right foods may help kids sleep.

These foods aren’t going to be a magic bullet, and if you suspect a true sleep disorder, you should discuss it with your family pediatrician. But these 10 sleep-supporting foods might make a little difference – and we’ll take all the help we can get.

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