Some people think I’m downright NUTS for this…

But I happen to believe that NOTHING feels better than a late-evening walk in the hills under the full moon when the temperatures are right around freezing.

And if there’s a fresh layer of snow on the ground, so much the better!

Yes, friend, we’re heading into MY time of the year.

It’s not just being outside on a chilly evening that I love. It’s what happens next – because I sleep like a baby after those cool nighttime walks.

Try it sometime. You’ll thank me later!

But if you’re not exactly the cold-weather type… if you’d rather get your sleep without the chills… then I’ve got another option backed by new research.

It’s NOT about where you walk, or how COLD it is.

It’s what you eat!

These foods will help you sleep better

What we eat has a direct effect on how we sleep.

Chocolate, for example, contains a little caffeine – in some cases just enough to keep you awake if you eat it before bed. It’s also got theobromine, a stimulant that can increase heart rate and interfere with sleep.

And starches may not stop you from falling asleep, but can lead to restless sleep and even nightmares… so definitely pass on the bread before bed (honestly, that’s a good rule for the rest of the day, too).

But some foods can have the OPPOSITE effect.

They can help you turn out the mental lights… shut down gently… and get the rest you need.

And that’s where the latest research comes into focus.

It finds that a very special class of fiber can do for you what those chilly evening walks do for me.

They can help you sleep!

They’re called prebiotics, or fiber that’s not just good for digestion but also can help “feed” the healthy probiotic bacteria in your gut.

Those good bugs play dozens of roles in digestion, nutrition and more. But the one that matters right now is this: They help regulate stress and stress hormones.

When those hormones spike, you can struggle to sleep.

But when you have an army of microbial soldiers working to keep things in order and balance out hormones, you can get your rest without a care in the world.

In a new study on rats, critters given probiotics before sleep had both a BETTER stress response and BETTER sleep as a result.

Don’t dismiss this because it’s rats; other studies have found a link between increased dietary fiber and better sleep – so this is just one more piece of evidence.

Just about all fiber from fruit and vegetable sources are healthy, but the ones that also work best as probiotics include asparagus, garlic, chicory, onions, bananas, peas and beans.

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