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14 Bedtime Beverages For Better Sleep (With Recipes)

Coffee, Tea or a glass of plain warm milk are common picks when it comes to drinks before going to sleep. Caffeine at night is not good as it affects your body clock, sleep patterns and excessive intake can cause insomnia. Warm milk has now become boring so lets seek out some more options. Here are some perfect, tastier and healthier ways to wind down before bed.

  1. Chamomile Tea -Classic and ideal as chamomile  increases your body’s levels of glycine. Spikes your core body temperature so that your system responds by drastically cooling itself. Improves glucose control and weight loss. Any tea before bed should be caffeine-free and no detox-teas. A pick for women. Recipes
  2. Kefir – Made from fermented milk, this probiotic-rich beverage works on your gut microbiome to increase levels of healthy bacteria, promote proper digestion, and help you to absorb vitamins and minerals more effectively. Improved sleep and better exercise performance are other benefits. Recipe
  3. Soy Protein Shake – Soy, in milk or protein powder form, is brimming with the amino acid tryptophan. improve sleep quality by acting as a precursor to drowse-inducing melatonin. Recipe
  4. Grape Juice – Insulin secretion at night (caused by consumption of simple carbs, like juice) regulates the body’s circadian rhythms. Resveratrol, an antioxidant contained in grapes, converts calorie-storing white fat into calorie-burning brown fat. Recipe
  5. Peppermint tea – Advised when insomnia is caused due to depression and anxiety. It can also help relieve other symptoms such as irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn and migraines. Recipe
  6. Turmeric Milk – A classic grand ma’s suggestion, the benefits of turmeric milk are many. The antibiotic properties of turmeric prevents respiratory illness, is anti-inflammatory, blood  purifier and aids I digestion. Milk as always is a source of calcium.  Recipe
  7. Tart Cherry juice – Cherries help to increase melatonin levels, leading to more sleep. Their ability to boost serotonin and melatonin levels which are important in sleep or by helping the body to relax. Recipe
  8. Passion Fruit Tea – Passion fruit cures sleep insomnia, reduces anxiety and promotes intestinal health. It is also an anti-oxidant. Also a Dietary aid for weight loss and has a relaxing effect on body. Have it with a little honey, 90 minutes before bedtime. Recipe.  Other Teas for better sleep
  9. Almond Milk – Glucose in the honey when mixed with almond milk helps your brain shut off Orexin, which is a neurotransmitter whose job it is to keep your body awake. Recipe
  10. Hot Chocolate – Reduces blood pressure, cholesterol and milk ensure supply of much required calcium throughout the night. The one with Hazelnut flavour is one of my favourites.  Recipe
  11. Valerian Tea – Like many other herbal teas, Valerian reduces blood pressure, reduces anxiety, relaxes the body and senses and also cures insomnia.  Recipe
  12. Cocoa – Cocoa is an anti-oxidant. It also improves the blood flow in arteries and lowers high blood pressure. Cocoa is also a great source of magnesium which reduces nervous tension and thus reduces stress.  Recipes. Difference between Hot Chocolate and Hot Cocoa
  13. Chia Seed Drink – A magic food that supplies as much calcium as a glass of milk, Chia seeds are also an anti-oxidant. The tryptophan content in these seeds which enhances sleep is the reason we recommend it. It also supports digestion and is a high protein source. Recipe
  14. Carob Powder – It is very similar to chocolate . Contains high level of B vitamins which helps to regulate the sleep-wake cycles of your body and boost natural levels of serotonin. Recipe

Tip: Add raw honey in your drinks to add flavour and also assist tryptophan.

This was our all in one guide to best drinks you can consume before going to bed (without any guilt), stay awake and ensure your system stays healthy even in your sleep. Share your views with us, make suggestions and tell us which one is your favourite version of a bedtime drink in the comments below. #BAlive

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