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9 Healthy Drinks to Good Sleep

In this fast-paced world we live in, where everyone else is working 24/7, getting quality and enough sleep can be quite elusive.

Sleep is an involuntary bodily function where brain neurons travels every night, and one that we can’t live without. Sleep is vital and something of a mystery.

On average, adults need 7 to 8 hours of sleep at night though it may vary in different person. Sleep pattern changes as we grow older, thus getting less and less sleep. And women

suffer from insomnia and sleep disturbances more likely than men.

Lack of sleep hinders us to function well and effectively and may result to some serious health problems like high risk to breast cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, as well as overweight and obesity for the belief that eating compensates for the energy we lack, and insomnia. Insomnia affects about a third of the UK population, leaving a person drained and unable to manage high stress levels. It is important to keep quality sleep incorporated in your lifestyle for a healthy you.

For natural sleep remedies, the following are amazing drinks that will help you drift off to dreamland.

FRESH CHAMOMILE-LAVENDER TEA.

This tea combines chamomile and lavender, two of the most relaxing herbs known to promote rest and a sense of calm. Chamomile tea is a classic sleep aid. Not only does it promote sleepiness, but it also helps calm an upset tummy. Chamomile has apigenin that binds GABA (an amino acid) receptors in the brain, calming and relaxing us to sleep. Lavender is a scent used to relax and unwind for years. It’s odor affect brainwave patterns which induce drowsiness.

WARM MILK DRINK WITH HONEY AND A SPRINKLE OF NUTMEG.

We all know that warm milk can work wonders when you’re having a hard time getting to sleep. It is rich in tryptophan, which the body converts into serotonin – a natural hormone in the body that can make you sleepy. Milk raise and heats internal body temperature which relaxes and make you sleepy and calm. Psychologically, it brings back days of infancy, making us “sleep like a baby.” Honey has L- tryptophan, an essential amino acid vital to rest. It is the precursor to serotonin, which can be converted into melatonin, that regulates our sleep-wake cycles telling our body to sleep. Nutmeg is a powerful spice that gives hallucinating and ill-feeling effect when used in overdose. Taken mildly, it is a good natural sleep-aid.

CHERRY JUICE AND VANILLA DRINK.

Cherry juice and vanilla concoction is the easiest sleep tonic drink. Tart cherries are rich in melatonin,the hormone responsible for regulating our sleep-wake cycles keeping your sleep pattern happens. Vanilla has a soothing scent and provide aromatherapy that helps you doze off.

HOPS TEA.

Hops used as flavoring in beer process and find in natural and health food stores, helps calm nerves and relax your body. A great stress reliever, it is a perfect drink before bedtime.

COCONUT WATER.

High in magnesium and great for rehydrating, refreshing coconut water will help you get a good night’s sleep and have you dreaming of exotic beaches before you know it!

HERBAL TEA WITH LEMON BALM.

Lemon balm, also known as Melissa or balm mint, is a great stress-buster. This herb is part of the same family as mint and is known to help fight insomnia and promote sleep. It can be drink hot, sweeten with honey.

DECAFFEINATED GREEN TEA.

Green tea is one of the oldest teas in the world. Be sure to use decaffeinated green tea which contains theanine, a known stress reducer and sleep improver. Drink this and you’re on to a long sleep.

COCOA.

Cocoa is simply plain cocoa powder made from cocoa beans and can be used in drinks as well as cooking. This is about as pure as you get for a hot, milky chocolate drink. Some evidence suggests natural cocoa stimulates the production of phenethylamine, which is a mood-enhancing stimulant.

BANANA SMOOTHIE

A banana smoothie is a great drink to sip on before going to bed. Filling and soothing, it’s delicious and easy to make. Banana with almond butter and soy or almond milk is a super healthy and satisfying banana smoothie.

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