Typically we think of great night’s sleep as coming from a top quality mattress, undisturbed sleep and a consistent sleep schedule. However, what we put into our bodies can also mean the difference between poor and great sleep. Sip your way to better sleep with these beverages that help induce sleep and keep you well-rested:
1. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea earns its rightful nickname as the “sleep tea” due to its superior ability to soothe and relax the body. While chamomile doesn’t contain any ingredient known to induce sleep, its ability to help ease anxiety, regulate digestion and reduce inflammation create a winning combination as the ideal bedtime beverage.
2. Coconut Water
Coconut water is the super beverage that is commonly associated with recharging and rehydrating the body. Its high magnesium content and hydration ability make it perfect for a great night’s sleep. The magnesium works to relax your muscles and great that “sleepy” feeling, while the hydration promotes a healthy brain function, allowing you sleep soundly through the night.
3. Chia Seed Water
Chia seeds contain the amino acid, tryptophan, the same acid that’s in turkey and induces our post Thanksgiving dinner naps. The raised levels of melatonin and serotonin from the tryptophan is what causes that sleepy and relaxed feeling. Kick your bedtime routine up a notch with a glass or two of chia seed water and enjoy the benefits of replenishing sleep.
4. Almond Milk
Ever heard of drinking a warm glass of milk before bed to fall asleep faster? This old trick works with almond milk too! The calcium in the almond milk helps produce both melatonin and magnesium, which are necessary for proper sleep regulation. Add a little honey for natural sweetness and to assist in the production of melatonin, a process that tells the body ‘it’s time for sleep’.