Drinks to Help You Sleep at Night

Drinks to Help You Sleep at Night

The modern rhythm of life is quite crazy. Caffeine, work, stress, congestion, etc. The logical result of all this is insomnia.

Let’s talk about how to help yourself easily fall asleep and sleep peacefully. Not about chemical pharmaceuticals, but recipes for natural drinks (very simple, by the way), which everyone can make quickly before bedtime. These drinks will help you relax, calm down and get a good night’s sleep.

Cherry-vanilla drink

Hypnotic properties of cherries

Cherries contain a lot of the substance melatonin – a hormone that regulates the circadian rhythms of our body, including the cycles of vitality and sleep.

Daily consumption of a little tart-sweet juice in the morning and evening will help you fall asleep faster and adjust your sleep schedule.

Hypnotic properties of vanilla

Vanilla has a calming effect and helps you fall asleep. No wonder it is widely used in aromatherapy in the fight against tension and stress.

Cheaper and more affordable options are vanilla sugar or vanillin, although less natural, useful, and effective.

Drink preparation:

  • Cherry juice – 150-200 ml
  • Vanilla extract – 1-2 drops
  1. Drink a glass of cherry juice every morning – 150-200 ml.
  2. And at night, 1-1.5 hours before bedtime, repeat the procedure, adding vanilla to the cherry juice.

Tip: We do not recommend using vanilla in the morning, because excessive relaxation at the beginning of the day is not a good choice.

Chamomile-lavender tea

Apparently, everyone knows about the pronounced soothing properties of these herbs. Chamomile and lavender help us relax and feel calm.

Hypnotic properties of chamomile

The well-known soothing effect of chamomile is as follows: the apigenin present in chamomile binds to benzodiazepine and gamma-aminobutyric acid, as well as cellular receptors in the brain, and has a mild sedative effect.

Its effectiveness for patients with generalized anxiety has been confirmed. The fact that chamomile promotes relaxation and sleep has been scientifically proven.

Hypnotic properties of lavender

For centuries, the aroma of lavender has been used in cases where you want to relax and restore the nervous system. Various studies have shown that this floral scent can reduce emotional anxiety and effectively reduce brain activity at night. There is no doubt that lavender causes drowsiness.

Drink preparation:

  • Lavender – 1 tsp
  • Chamomile – 1 tsp
  • Hot water – 200 ml
  • Milk or honey – to taste.
  1. Boil water.
  2. In a teapot, tea strainer, or French press put 1 tsp chamomile and lavender flowers.
  3. Fill everything with boiling water and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes.
  4. If desired, you can add honey or milk.

Milk-honey drink

A good combination of honey and milk, with the addition of nutmeg, will probably help you feel like a child, that falls asleep sweetly.

Hypnotic properties of warm milk

Milk contains tryptophan – an amino acid that has soothing properties, as well as calcium, which promotes the absorption of this amino acid.

Also, warm milk slightly raises our body temperature, which also relaxes and lulls us.

Another, not the last reason – the placebo effect. We subconsciously associate warm milk with childhood. Therefore, we feel calm, comfortable, and drowsiness.

Hypnotic properties of honey

Tryptophan, which we talked about above, is an essential amino acid that our body uses to produce the necessary proteins. It is essential for good sleep, rest, mood, and appetite. Tryptophan is also a precursor to serotonin, which in turn synthesizes melatonin, which regulates the cycles of vitality and sleep.

The role of honey is that it stimulates the formation of insulin, which is involved in the transport of tryptophan to our brain, where it is converted into serotonin and melatonin. Then the body receives a signal that it’s time to go to bed.

Hypnotic properties of nutmeg

You should be as careful as possible with this spice. Frequent use can cause rapid heartbeat, indigestion, headache, and in large doses even hallucinations. But in moderation (about ¼ tsp or less) spice promotes sound and restful sleep. Nutmeg contains substances that are similar to tranquilizers: they relax, soothe and lull to sleep.

Drink preparation:

  • Milk – 1 glass
  • Honey – 2 tsp/1 tbsp
  • Nutmeg (ground) – ¼ tsp
  1. Heat a glass (200 ml) of milk so that it is hot but not boiling.
  2. Add honey and nutmeg.
  3. Drink a drink about half an hour before bedtime.
  4. Drink slowly, enjoying the taste, and then before the cup is empty you will feel like you will be falling to sleep.

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