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Can Eating Pineapple Before Bed Help You Sleep Better?

Salva Mubarak
Senior Features Writer

An uninterrupted seven to nine hours of sleep can make the difference between feeling like you’ve stepped out of a happy Disney film or feeling more miserable than Maleficent the next day. In the age of infinite scrolling and work-from-home models, getting enough shut-eye has become a luxury.

But a new hack that’s been making the rounds of the Internet claims that a simple dietary trick can help you sleep better.

A new viral hack from TikTok universe claims that eating pineapple before going to bed can actually help you sleep better than normal.

#PineappleHacks has garnered millions of views already with people from around the world chiming in about how eating pineapple helps them sleep longer and more deeply than before.


Like other hacks lurking on the Internet, it’s only common sense to get this ‘hypothesis’ vetted by a professional. In this case, experts believe the hack could have some merit as studies have found that eating pineapple can result in higher levels of melatonin in the body. Melatonin is a hormone that plays a pivotal role in sleep onset and quality.

Now, should you rush to the nearest fruit vendor to stock up on pineapple for a night of uninterrupted sleep? Hold your horses.

While pineapple can help you sleep better, there are other food items that can produce the same result. Eggs, fish, nuts like walnuts and almonds, and other fruits like kiwi and cherry can help release melatonin in the body too. Cherries, in fact, have the highest source of natural melatonin as compared to any other fruit. Studies have discovered that drinking tart cherry juice before bed can promote sleepiness. It’s also being studied for its role in relieving insomnia.

However, there are many several other factors ranging from stress to revenge procastination that could be affecting your quality of sleep and eating some fruit before bed will not help you with those. In fact, a reason behind your late nights could be any of these common mistakes you might be making before going to bed.

So there you have it! While there’s eating pineapple before bed may help release melatonin, there are many other factors that you would need to be mindful of if you’re having trouble sleeping.