From Fellrnr.com, Running tips
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Protein is one of the four main areas of nutrition, the others being carbohydrates, fats and micronutrients.
There is also debate over taking protein before sleeping. Most repair and recovery occurs at night, so having an adequate supply of protein seems like a good idea, but there are suggestions that it may interfere with sleep. There is also indications that while the essential amino acid tryptophan is vital for sleep, many sources of protein lack sufficient quantities . Personally, I find that a scoop of protein in a glass of milk seems to help me sleep.
I take Optimum Nutrition's Gold Standard 100% Whey, as it dissolves easily, is reasonably priced and seems to be good quality. The vanilla flavor tastes great mixed with Gatorade, or with milk and cocoa powder.