Drink Yourself To Sleep
Between late night Insta-scrolling, and Netflix binging, there’s often too much stimulation to let your brain unwind before bed. Or maybe you’re like us, and instantly recall your endless to-do list the second your head hits the pillow.
We spend one-third of our lives sleeping but who knows how much time we’re spending trying to get to sleep. Luckily, there are (drinkable) solutions to help you count those sheep. With brands launching natural sleep-inducing beverages, we’re as excited and curious as you are.
Read on to tell fact from fiction with the answers to your most-Googled questions on authentic, sleep-friendly, natural beverage solutions.
What’s the deal with melatonin drinks?
Natural melatonin is king- it’s THE sleep-promoting hormone produced by the body at night. Taking supplements has been a popular (but controversial) way to encourage the zzz’s for people with jet lag or insomnia.
Cue the irony…
Heard about Snoooze?! The sleep-enhancing canned drink for bedtime recently made headlines. It’s the pet project of former US Red Bull exec, Hans Vriens! Even he see the irony- he told the Cincinnati People: “I guess I’m still in the energy business. Only, this time, you have to sleep first to get it yourself!
Not all melatonin is created equal.
Peppermint-tasting Snoooze contains synthetic melatonin, which can have a whole slew of side effects. Think daytime sleepiness, headaches, and even anxiety. But with triggers like blue light from digital devices, stress, and shift work, people have started looking for a more natural fix.
PRO TIP: Drink about 16 ounces of tart cherry juice, which is naturally packed with melatonin, for an organic insomnia-fix.
Brands are innovating with melatonin-free wellness beverages.
Valerian Sleep Tonic from Dirty Lemon also contains calming magnesium and hydrating rose water, to help you achieve a full night’s beauty sleep. Many people use CBD drinks to reduce anxiety. Sprig’s CBD-infused, natural fruit-flavored sodas are 100% caffeine-free!
Does a milky drink help you sleep?
People have used the remedy of warm milk to help them drift into dreamland since forever.
Is this an old wives’ tale?
No! Dairy milk contains significant amounts of the amino acid tryptophan. In your body, it gets naturally converted to melatonin.
Alt-milks also work.
Non-dairy milks, from brands like Elmhurst 1925, are rising stars. Like cow’s milk, non-dairy milks such as soya, walnut, and almond milk also contain tryptophan. Almond milk is also high in magnesium, which is another important nutrient that can improve sleep quality.
Is it OK to have tea before bed?
Yes, caffeinated teas should be avoided late at night, but there’s some evidence that the ritual of drinking herbal tea before bed can help facilitate calm and sleep. Americans love their tea – 80% are tea drinkers, and more are looking to embrace plant powered drinks after dark.
What’s tea’s secret?
There’s a physical benefit to sipping a warm liquid before bed. Even though the tea water is hot, it cools you down. As your body dries off, and the extra water evaporates from your skin, the parallel drop in body temperature can signal to your brain that it’s time to sleep.
Natural ingredients in herbal tea have a sedative effect.
PRO TIP: Try decaf green tea with amino acid theanine as an alternative if you don’t like the taste of herbal tea but still want the stress redux before bed
Go for these herbs…
Chamomile has been used for centuries to stave off insomnia, stress, stomach upsets, and relaxes nerves and muscles. As a potent natural sedative, valerian root is used by many instead of melatonin supplements to help them doze off faster. For some people though, it can become quite addictive and cause sleepiness during the day. Gentler herbs like lavender, lemon balm, and spearmint all help your body relax for sleep.
Why not try a blend of remedies with new herbal infusions? T-We-Tea has a Sleepy Cloud Herbal Tisane with chamomile blossoms, jasmine, and notes of crisp apple and honey.
Want to find the best sleep-friendly beverages? Check out our carefully curated list: