I have been one of the lucky ones for most of my life. I very rarely have trouble sleeping.
I actually started smoking when I was in college as a way to stay awake in class. That was, obviously, when one could still smoke indoors.
I have learned that my sleep patterns are probably not normal. I don’t think I have slept an entire night straight through ever in my life.
Usually, around 3 am, I wake up, go to the bathroom, have a big glass of cold water and go back to bed. My total ‘awake’ time is less than 5 minutes.
Maybe, once or twice a year, my mind will be too busy to sleep. When that happens I plan menus and create recipes…..
If, on the other hand, you are more normal and occasionally (or regularly) have a hard time drifting off maybe some of these drinks can help.
5 Favorite Bedtime Beverages to Help You Sleep Better
The right recipes can change your life in a number of ways. A delightful slow cooker dish can make you think of home every time you eat it, while a rich hot meal is excellent for encouraging comfort and relaxation. You might even have a favorite baked treat that fills you with nostalgia and memories of your childhood.
However, did you know that the ingredients you eat or drink before bed could improve your sleep quality too? There are certain beverages that can be excellent for your sleeping patterns if you’re one of the many people who suffer from insomnia in today’s fast-paced world. Here are our five favorite bedtime drinks to help you sleep soundly.
1. Coconut Water
Coconut water is often seen as an energy-boosting beverage. However, that doesn’t always have to be the case. Coconut water has plenty of delicious ingredients that are great for your overall health and fitness. However, when it comes to sleep improvement, the best part about this drink is its rich contents of magnesium and potassium. A combination of these two substances is excellent for relaxing your muscles and your mind. Coconut water is also brimming with vitamin B, which is particularly good for reducing feelings of stress.
2. Warm Milk
When in doubt, stick to the basics. Warm milk is a fantastic remedy for sending you or your little ones off to the land of nod when you’re having trouble sleeping. There’s plenty of scientific proof that suggests milk could be essential as a bedtime drink. That’s because milk comes with a high dose of an amino acid called tryptophan. This amino acid is also present in many foods that are high in carbohydrates, which is why you’re more likely to feel sleepy after you’ve had a carbo-loaded meal. Just try to avoid adding anything sugary sweet to the milk that might wake you up.
3. Banana Smoothie
Making a banana smoothie in the middle of the night might sound like a strange strategy for most people. On the other hand, it’s actually a fantastic way to improve your chances of a good night’s sleep. Banana is rich in similar ingredients to coconut water – including magnesium and potassium. As mentioned earlier, both of those substances are excellent for promoting relaxation when you’re settling down for slumber. You’ll also feel fuller after a banana smoothie, so you’re less likely to be woken up by a rumbling stomach.
4. Decaffeinated Green Tea
Many hot beverages, including chamomile tea and lavender tea, are excellent for sleep. These substances help you to relax by filling you with a sense of warmth and relaxation; read more here on why your body temperature is important at night . Green tea (without the caffeine) is particularly useful because it contains the amino acid theanine, which is proven to aid in the reduction of stress and promote a better quality of sleep. If you drink green tea before bed, you might even be less likely to wake up during the night.
5. Malted Milk
Finally, malted milk is an alternative to the traditional warm milk solution. The malt in this milk is made from a germinated cereal grain which has been dried out, and the extract of malt is the primary ingredient. The snooze-inducing powers of malted milk are excellent, as it’s a good source of magnesium, zinc, iron, and vitamin B. After a cup of this delicious beverage, your body will have everything it needs to start relaxing for the night. You might even be able to reduce any feelings of stress and anxiety that you’ve suffered from throughout the day too.
Another confession…. My preference would always be red wine over warm milk, even though the accepted thinking says warm milk is best.
I can’t always (or even often) be good.