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The age old remedy to help you off to the land of nod is, of course, milk served warm. But does it actually work? Or, is it just an old wives’ tale?
Well, there is actually plenty of scientific proof to support milk as a great bedtime drink. Milk is particularly high in the amino acid tryptophan, which is also present in foods high in carbohydrates, which is why you feel drowsy after a big meal.
Once tryptophan in consumed, it is converted in the body into the natural hormone melatonin which regulates the body’s sleep state. So, drinking milk before bed boosts our melatonin, and therefore our sleepiness. More on this can be read in one of our previous blog posts.
A surprising admission to some, coconut water is often regarded as an energy-boosting beverage. However, don’t necessarily believe every advert, because it also has plenty of contents which can help you sleep better. Coconut water is rich in potassium and magnesium, which are well known to help relax muscles. This drink also contains a pinch of vitamin B which is known for helping reduce stress, a pretty good combination if you ask us.
Another fruit making an appearance in the list is the banana, which can be made quite easily into a delicious and sleep aiding night time drink.
Take a look at these recipes from WikiHow for inspiration, though we do recommend ones high in sugar content or those mixed with other fruits to get the best results.
Bananas are very high in potassium and magnesium, meaning they are fantastic if you want to relax. This is why you will often see athletes or people in training eat them shortly after exercise.
Decaffeinated Green Tea
While suggesting regular green tea would be counter-productive, decaf green tea is a great drink to help you off to sleep.
Green tea contains the amino acid theanine which has been proven to help reduce stress and in turn promote good sleep.
Best known in the UK as the popular Horlicks, malted milk is essentially germinated cereal grain which has been dried out. The extract of malt is the main ingredient.
Its snooze-inducing powers are well known, with Horlicks marketed as a drink which is perfect to drink before bed, and this is certainly the case.
Malted milk contains a good source of vitamin B, iron, zinc, magnesium and phosphorous. This concoction of minerals is great in helping your body relax, therefore, a great choice in helping you wind down.
Of course, none of these drinks are 100% certain to put you fast asleep in minutes, but they do possess certain qualities to help you wind down. Try combining these drinks with some more of our sleep advice which you can find on our blog here.