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Okay, so some people don’t require a bedtime drink at all aside from the glass of water they keep bedside. But others, especially those who eat dinner rather early, look to a nighttime drink to get them feeling drowsy in order to get a restful night sleep.
So what should it be? Red wine? Tea? Hot Cocoa? We did the research for you. Check out the options below to see what drinks you should opt for and which you should avoid before hitting the sack.
Lots of people swear their ritual glass of red wine every night helps them get in the mood for bed. And this is ok. But drinking more than a moderate amount of alcohol before bed is actually a bad idea, as it will actually lead to a restless night’s sleep. The concept of ‘passed-out drunk’ is misleading; while alcohol has an immediate sedative effect, it is very difficult to fall into a deep sleep according to research. Once the sleep-inducing effects wear off, the second half of sleep tends to be very disruptive which is why after a night out of drinking you feel exhausted the next day even if you slept 12 hours. So if you want to fall into a deep sleep without getting up often, you’ll want to avoid drinking heavily before bed.
Any type of hot tea sounds like it should get your body warm and ready for bed, but this is not so. Some teas contain caffeine and won’t include this on the label — even green tea contains the stimulant and you wouuldn’t even guess it. To play it safe, choose an herbal tea that is bound to be caffeine-free such as chamomile or peppermint tea. If in doubt at the supermarket, choose Sleepy Time tea!
This can be a good option if you want something cold, but look out for sugar filled fruit juice like orange and cranberry. Popsugar.com suggests tart cherry juice which contains melatonin, a vitamin people take to get drowsy in a natural form. If you prefer orange or cranberry juice, be sure to buy the 100% juice and nothing from concentrate — this is where the sugar comes in to play.
The absolute best choice of beverage before sleep is the same remedy your mother gave you when you were little — a glass of warm milk (but skip the honey). Millk is full of calcium which helps you to relax. It’s also rich in tryptophan which once in the body is converted to seratonin — a hormone that induces sleep. If milk tastes too creamy, choose skim which is still loaded with calcium. Another plus of milk is its sugar-free and additive-free properties. Sugar is a no-no at night as is any beverage containing caffeine; these both will ensure a restless night of sleep and result in an exhausting next day.
Of course if you aren’t a nighttime beverage person, exercising during the day or in the evening before bed is another way to make sure you’re tired and able to fall asleep at the right time. Hope these tips help you get sleepy!
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