For many of us, not being able to fall asleep can be frustrating and annoying.  But if you don't want to take a sleep aid, there are some foods that can help you fall and stay asleep.

First, you can try one of those old wives’ tales that’s actually true: warm milk. Milk contains tryptophan, which helps the brain release serotonin.  Both of these chemicals are believed to help you fall asleep.  Tryptophan is also found in jasmine rice and turkey.

A recent study found cherries may help promote sleep as well. They’re one of the only natural sources of melatonin, which helps regulate our body’s clock.  It’s the active ingredient in many sleep aids.

Bananas and sweet potatoes contain the natural muscle relaxant potassium.  Both are good for sleeping, and overall health.  Bananas also contain magnesium, and digest slowly through the night, letting you sleep better.

Some of the worst things to have before bed are caffeine, foods high in fat, and alcohol.  All of these are known as “sleep stealers,” because they don’t promote sleep in the body.