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Foods to help you snooze

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You've heard of having a glass of warm milk with a cookie to help you fall asleep, but our Wellness Expert Peggy Hall shares some surprising foods that help you snooze -- without packing on extra calories!

Watermelon contains citrulline, which relaxes blood vessels and lowers blood pressure, and Vitamin B6, which produces serotonin, a feel-good hormone that helps promote a restful night's sleep. "When we're stressed, the body depletes its stores of serotonin," Peggy explains. "So a cup of watermelon before bed helps you relax."

Cherries are a rich source of melatonin, the body's main hormone that regulates sleep.

Celery contains stress-busting natural sodium that calms jangled nerves.

Peggy recommends snacking on her "Sleepy-Time Salad." All you have to do is chop one stalk of celery and one small slice of watermelon into 1/2 inch pieces and mix in four to five dried, fresh or frozen cherries.

Peggy says to eat this one hour before bed for blissful sleep!

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