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It’s infrequent that I sleep through the night. Years ago, I gave up fretting about losing the ability to do something that used to come naturally. I do a lot of reading or thinking in the wee hours and attributed my poor sleep to aging.

Still, I’m eager for any life hack that will bring back a solid seven hours of slumber. Readers, too, were attracted last week to an article explaining the latest science about possible connections between diet and sleep by Erica Jansen, a nutritional epidemiologist at the University of Michigan. Edited by senior health editor Amanda Mascarelli, the article offers plenty of practical suggestions for getting more shut-eye through a healthy diet – such as adding fiber and melatonin-producing foods to your plate.

Unfortunately, pinning down cause and effect is no simple task. “It’s hard to know whether the association is a result of diet affecting sleep, or sleep affecting diet,” writes Jansen. “The reality is that it is likely a cyclical relationship, where a healthy diet promotes good sleep quality, which in turn helps to reinforce good dietary habits.”

I hope you have a restful end to your weekend. Bryan Keogh will be back with you next week.

Emily Costello

Director of Collaborations + Local News

Readers' picks

A balanced diet is one key factor in getting a restful night’s sleep. SimpleImages/Moment via Getty Images

What’s the best diet for healthy sleep? A nutritional epidemiologist explains what food choices will help you get more restful z’s

Erica Jansen, University of Michigan

A growing body of research is finding a robust link between diet and sleep quality. But it’s not just the usual suspects like caffeine and alcohol that can get in the way of restful sleep.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appears at a Fox News town hall in Des Moines, Iowa on Jan. 10, 2024. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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