Try These 7 Drinks to Get a Better Night's Sleep
Some nights, you drift off the second your head hits the pillow. And other (read: most) nights, you fidget around for 45 minutes, only to wake up at 1 a.m. to pee and then spend another hour throwing the covers on and off. Tonight, try one of these seven drinks. You’ll thank us in the morning.
This calming herb is a common treatment for anxiety—but according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, it doesn’t have the same complete-and-total-zonking effect its more-intense cousin valerian does. Sip a cup of passionflower tea about an hour before bedtime, then read a book until your eyes start to droop (you won’t get very far).
Dirty Lemon Sleep
OK, it’s $65 for a case of six bottles, so it’s a little pricey—but this combo of magnesium, chamomile, rosewater, passionflower and lemon juice put us to sleep before we could even finish the suggested dose. Our sleep tracking app reported deeper sleep cycles than usual, so the experiment was definitely a success.
You know that calm, drowsy feeling you get after drinking beer? It’s not only because of the alcohol. We learned from the folks at WebMD that the hops used to brew your favorite IPA also have a sedative effect. Skip the hangover and try a cup of warm hops tea (available online or at health food stores) before bed instead.
The age-old claim is that because milk is chock-full of tryptophan, it will make you get sleepy. The folks at The New York Times are skeptical, and think it’s mostly a psychological thing (sipping warm milk is so comforting). Either way, if it works, it works.
Sour Cherry Juice
This one requires a little bit of advanced planning, but we promise, it’s worth it. Buy a container of tart cherry juice, then drink an 8-ounce cup in the afternoon and another 8 ounces about an hour before bed. Cherries have both melatonin and tryptophan, so it could help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
If nightmares and stress dreams make it tough to get a decent night’s rest, make a hot cup of chamomile tea part of your nightly routine. It’s long been a treatment for nightmares, and may help reduce anxiety and calm your nerves before bed, too.
It’s a great source of potassium and magnesium, two nutrients you might be lacking if you’re having fitful nights of sleep. It’s not scientifically proven to work as a sleep aid, but try a cupful a few hours before bedtime to see if it helps you nod off.