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7 Things to Drink Before Bed That Could Help You Get a Good Night’s Rest

It can be hard to fall asleep at night when you’re still trying to wind down from the day’s activities and your mind is racing with 101 thoughts. Counting sheep is not going to cut it, meditation may not be your thing, and laying awake tossing and turning for hours is frustrating, but a good night’s rest may be as simple as a nighttime drink.

Some drinks are filled with melatonin, the hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycles, and if they work, it could be a better option than many other sleep aids. Among the drinks to try out is a glass of tart cherry juice, which according to Sleep.org is beneficial because it’s filled with melatonin that could regulate your sleep.

The publication also recommends drinking camomile tea before bedtime because the tea contains properties which can make you feel less anxious and more relaxed, thus helping you to wind down and get ready for bed.

Many people rave about the benefits of warm milk before bed, and it has been a remedy that has been used for generations. According to Intermountain Healthcare, milk contains the amino acid tryptophan, which the body turns into melatonin. If dairy is not for you, then almond milk may be a better option, which the publication notes also contains tryptophan. According to the National Sleep Foundation, it’s not so much the scientific link between sleep and milk, but the psychological one that can affect sleep as people associate this bedtime ritual with their childhood.

Some fruits also contain melatonin and these sleep-inducing qualities can be found in tart cherries, as mentioned earlier, but also bananas, pineapple, and oranges, National Sleep Foundation notes. Intermountain Healthcare suggests making a banana smoothie before bedtime. But if a banana smoothie is too basic, then Greatist suggests a wild blueberry and lavender smoothie instead (which also uses a banana as one of its ingredients).

Golden milk tea has become incredibly popular in recent years (and Instagram is filled with pictures of cool people drinking it) but the recipe, which is made from turmeric (which gives it its golden color) and warmed cows milk or plant-based milk is a traditional Ayurvedic drink. The drink is believed to have many health benefits, and a good night's sleep is among them, according to Greatist.

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