All of us have experienced it while we lay in bed, getting ready to sleep. Your body, however, does not want to go to sleep when your head touches the pillow. You’re turning and tossing to feel at ease. Or, if you dozed off, you may wake up once or twice during the night, which also affects how well you sleep. Unbeknownst to you, however, is the possibility that your sleep problems may be caused by the way/frequency in which you consume particular beverages.
You could find it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep if you change your drinking patterns and pay attention to what you consume during the day or before bed. We got the inside scoop on the most excellent drinking practices for better sleep from Dr. Lisa Young, Ph.D., RDN, author of Finally Slim, and The Portion Teller Plan.
Cut Out Caffeine Starting at 12 pm.
If you need your daily dosage of caffeine or if you consume coffee. You can still enjoy your morning coffee or other caffeinated beverage, so don’t worry. However, if you want to improve your ability to sleep, that’s about it.
Yes, 12:00 sounds a little early, but Dr. Young advises avoiding caffeine in the afternoon and evening in order to get the best possible sleep.
Drink Water, But Not Right Before Bedtime.
Have you ever used the restroom in the middle of the night? It’s incredibly annoying, especially when you’re trying to get some rest. Dr. Young advises drinking water, but only up to a specific time.
Dr. Young agrees that drinking water is crucial. However, if you drink soon before bed, you’ll undoubtedly wake up needing to use the restroom. This might interfere with restful sleep. Dr. Young advises against drinking anything an hour before bed, even water.
Sip on Chamomile Tea.
A lovely hot cup of tea (more than an hour before bed!) will help you unwind if you need it. In particular, chamomile.
According to Dr. Young, this tea is quite calming and may help you relax and drift off to sleep as well as get ready for bed.
Enjoy Tart Cherry Juice.
Cherry juice will satisfy your sweet tooth if you’re in the mood for something a little sweeter. Also, perhaps improve your quality of sleep.
Melatonin, which is included in tart cherry juice and can help you prepare for bed and regulate your circadian cycle, according to Dr. Young.
Dr. Young advises drinking warm milk and tart cherry juice as part of the “moon milk combo” for better sleep. Serotonin, which is present in milk and can aid in relaxation, as well as the calming effects of warm beverages, are all mentioned by Dr. Young.