Turmeric Milk To Lavender Tea: Drinks That Help You Sleep Better
Image Credit: Pixabay. The combination of warm milk and turmeric is comforting and makes the ideal bedtime drink.

An ongoing pandemic has affected the mental health and sleep patterns of many people. Besides Covid-related stress, everyday stressors like deadlines and hectic schedules can wreak havoc on people’s health. To combat stress, getting a good night’s sleep is very essential. A good night’s sleep ensures that you wake up rejuvenated and ready to take on the day. If you find it difficult to fall asleep, a few bedtime drinks can help. We list some drinks that will help you sleep better:

Chamomile tea

One of the most well known relaxing drinks, chamomile tea is rich in antioxidants and helps induce sleep and combat anxiety and depression. The tisane has a soothing effect on the nervous system and helps in calming the mind. A study conducted in 2009 showed that consuming chamomile extract daily can lower nearly 50 percent of anxiety symptoms. Besides this, chamomile tea also helps in keeping heart problems in check and lowers the risks of cancer. To make chamomile tea, boil some water and add dried chamomile flowers to it. Brew for a few minutes, take in the aroma and enjoy.

Turmeric milk

Most mothers and grandmothers swear by milk to nourish their children and grandchildren. Milk is a great source of calcium and also contains the amino acid tryptophan, which turns into a hormone called melatonin when consumed and contributes to that sleepy feeling. Turmeric, an important ingredient in most Indian dishes, is well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties and also helps in digestion. The combination of warm milk and turmeric is comforting and makes the ideal bedtime drink. Cow’s milk can be replaced by plant-based milk like almond, soy, cashew or oat milk. 

Banana smoothie

Smoothies are typically consumed for breakfast but banana smoothies can be an appropriate night-time drink. A banana smoothie can help prevent heartburn after a heavy, spicy meal. Bananas contain melatonin, serotonin, and potassium, which help muscles relax and lead to a night of sound sleep. Milk or yogurt, both of which are rich in magnesium, may be used to prepare this smoothie. Studies have shown that magnesium can induce relaxation and sleep. Add almonds and flax seeds to your smoothie as both are good sources of omega-3 and tryptophan.

Lavender tea

Known for being soothing, just the aroma of lavender is enough to help someone relax. Lavender tea is prepared by brewing the buds of lavender flowers in hot water. It calms the mind and also helps alleviate depression and anxiety. Its soothing properties make it a good bedtime drink, which can help you get a good night’s sleep. Lavender tea doesn’t have the drowsy effect of medication but can still contribute to you feeling rested, which in turn contributes to a better mood throughout the day.