Sleep Better Tonight! The Best and Worst Drinks for a Peaceful Night's Rest
Sleep Helper: Tart Cherry Juice
Downing a glass of this juice in the morning and evening can help regulate your sleep, since it contains the sleep hormone melatonin. In one study, people who regularly drank it slept 25 minutes longer and more deeply than those who didn’t, which is why adding a glass to your day is one of the 12 Steps to Better Sleep.
Sleep Hurter: Wine
To anyone who has gotten drowsy during happy hour, a glass of wine may seem like a sleep-inducer. But a study in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research found that while a pre-bed tipple initially makes you tired, it later disrupts your slow wave sleep so you have a less restful night.
Sleep Helper: Neuro Sleep
This bottled beverage has a blend of sleep aids like melatonin, l-theanine (an amino acid with calming properties), and magnesium, which helps to relax you.
Sleep Helper: Teas
A mug of caffeinated tea can keep you up at night, but many herbal varieties have sleep-inducing ingredients. Drinking a tea made from lemon balm (an herb in the mint family) four times a day may help you sleep better, and chamomile tea is a classic sleep aid. Sleepytime Tea blends chamomile with other herbal sleep aids. (Read The Truth About Detox Teas.)
Sleep Hurter: Coffee (with One Exception)
Drinking coffee near bedtime is an obvious way to ruin your snooze. But even your afternoon latte could be impacting your snooze time, since caffeine can affect your sleep for six hours after you drink it. If you don’t want to give up your after-dinner cup, Counting Sheep Coffee could be the answer: The brand blends decaf coffee with herbal sedatives, so the brew actually helps you sleep.