There are many different drinks that we favour before turning in for the night. Whether it’s a nightcap, a good cuppa or hot cocoa, what you drink before bedtime can be the difference between a good night’s rest or a disturbed one.
To put it simply, whoever said, “you snooze, you lose” clearly has never struggled to get to sleep. From tossing and turning to waking up in the middle of the night, being tired without being able to sleep is one of the most frustrating feelings. Here are a few of our favourite bedtime drinks to help you drift into a dreamy slumber…
It’s an old classic but calcium is known to aid in a good night’s sleep which is why many sleep experts recommend a nice warm mug of milk before bed! It is effective in stress reduction, plus the psychological link between milk and going to bed might be responsible for its sleep boosting properties.
Another classic pre-bedtime drink, not to be confused with sugar-heavy hot chocolate. Cocoa is one of the by-products used for making chocolate. In powder form, it can be added to hot water to make a chocolate-flavoured drink. It’s not quite as creamy or sweet as your typical hot chocolate but that’s why it’s better for sleep!
Entering the world of herbal teas for sleep, chamomile is considered one of the best drinks before bed. That’s because it contains a therapeutic antioxidant called Apigenin. This antioxidant is widely believed to help reduce anxiety and initiate sleep.
Valerian and peppermint teas are also known to relax the body and soothe the stomach.
Decaffeinated green tea
Believe it or not, decaffeinated green tea can help you fall asleep. This is an extremely healthy beverage on so many levels and has many benefits to your body beyond helping you get drowsy.
Cherries are naturally high in melatonin, the hormone that triggers sleep and regulates your internal clock. Like most herbal and fruit teas, it has been used for centuries, stemming all the way back to the ancient Greeks and Romans.