I am trying to regulate my sleep but I don't like to drink pills or supplements. I was wondering if there are certain foods that help induce sleep?
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Let's see here... melatonin is synthesized like this:
Tryptophan (Trp) --> 5-HTP --> Serotonin (5-HT) --> N-Acetylserotonin (NAS) --> Melatonin
As a result, any food which contains tryptophan is a good candidate.
Foods containing Trp: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tryptophan#Dietary_sources
As it happens, 5-HTP is also a good candidate, since you can buy it as a dietary supplement. Keep in mind though that whether you're boosting Trp or 5-HTP, you're facing a lot of rate-limiting enzymes so there's no telling how strong the effect is really going to be.
Of course you can just take melatonin directly, since it's available as a dietary supplement. If you need anything more powerful than that, go seek your doctor.