THE BEST DRINKS TO BOOST YOUR SLEEP
1# Cherry juice is one of the most beneficial natural drinks for good sleep quality. Drinking tart cherry juice in the morning is also highly recommended to night workers as it helps fall asleep faster.
2# Chamomile tea and passionfruit tea also promote a good night’s sleep. Drink this an hour and a half before going to bed. Add a little honey to taste.
Even though water is one of the healthiest drinks your body depends on for proper function, drinking water right before going to bed will overwork your kidneys. This also means that you’ll probably wake up a couple of times in the first few hours of sleep.
You may think that alcohol will make you feel more relaxed and sleepy, but it actually affects your sleep quality. The thing is, you’ll fall asleep fast, but once the alcohol has been metabolized (this usually happens 3-4 hours into sleep), you awaken and can’t go back to sleep. Even if you do fall asleep again, you’ll probably spend the night waking up frequently and dreaming intensely. This is far from a good night’s sleep. Drinking before bedtime also puts you at a higher risk of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
It’s widely known that caffeine, an ingredient commonly found in coffee and soda, boost alertness and energy levels. But, this effect only lasts for a couple of hours then you need more caffeine to re-energize and beat the fatigue or sleepiness rebound. And, that’s not all as this energy-boosting effect of caffeine also raises your heart and respiratory rates.
As we mentioned at the beginning, what you drink affects your sleep quality in the same way as what you eat does. For a good night’s sleep, eliminate all caffeinated beverages after 2 p.m., and avoid alcohol before bedtime. Instead, drink tart cherry juice or chamomile or passionfruit tea with a little honey or milk an hour and a half before going to bed to help you relax and fall asleep faster. Last, but not least, restrict your fluid intake one hour before bedtime to reduce sleep disruptions in the first few hours as this is the time when sleep is the deepest and most healing.