This 3 incredibly simple drinks for relaxing are known to help you unwind, and drift off to dreamland and none of them contain alcohol, which might actually disrupt your sleep patterns.
Required Ingredients & Health properties
Cherry Juice & Vanilla
Cherry juice is one the easiest sleep tonics you can concoct.
Tart cherry juice
Tart cherries are very rich in melatonin, the hormone responsible for controlling our sleep-wake cycles, so indulging in a cup of the tart but sweet ruby red liquid every morning and night will help keep your sleep schedule on track.
Vanilla has a soothing fragrance, and putting a drop of extract to your cherry juice can provide aromatherapy benefits that will help you doze off.
You will need:
- 5-8 ounces of tart cherry juice and
- A drop or 2 of vanilla extract
In the morning pour yourself about 5-8 ounces of tart cherry juice and drink it in its entirety.
At night 1 hour to half an hour before bed repeat, adding a drop or 2 of vanilla if you desire.
I would suggest sticking to using the vanilla only at night since you don’t want to get an overly relaxed morning!
Fresh Chamomile-Lavender Tea
Chamomile and Lavender
This tea blends two of the most relaxing herbs known to promote rest and a sense of calm lavender and chamomile.
It’s not exactly known just what in chamomile gives it its sedative effects, but some study has tentatively shown that a constituent in chamomile called apigenin can bind to GABA receptors in the brain, generating a mild response similar to anti-anxiety medication, such as Xanax does.
GABA is the second most common amino acid found in the body and it plays a huge role in our central nervous system, calming us down and, of course, putting us into a sleepy mood.
Lavender as a scent, has been used to relax and unwind for centuries. New studies have shown that people exposed to its odor had a change in brainwaves patterns, suggesting that it did indeed induce drowsiness.
You will need:
- a teaspoon of lavender buds,
- a teaspoon of chamomile buds,
- 8 ounces of hot water and milk/honey to taste (optional)
Bring 8 ounces of water to a boil and In a tea-ball or loose-leaf tea strainer place a teaspoon each of lavender and chamomile buds. Put the straining device in your cup and pour the boiling water over it.
Allow the herbs to soak for 10-15 minutes-the longer it soaks the stronger the flavor will be. Put milk or honey to taste. If you don’t have a tea ball or something alike, simply pour the hot water directly over the herbs in a bowl and then use a kitchen strainer to remove the buds.
Warm Milky Drink
Milk, Honey, and Nutmeg
This delicious combination of warm milk, honey, and a sprinkling of nutmeg is your ticket into the world of good sleep.
The notion that warm milk helps a person to fall asleep didn’t originate from anywhere, as individuals over the centuries could tell you it really does work, but not for our contemporary day reason that states it makes one sleepy because of tryptophan.
Conclusive researches have been conducted have shown milk does not increase tryptophan levels, but it can increase your internal body temperature when it’s heated, which will relax you and make you sleepy and calm.
Add this to the most powerful effect of all, the placebo effect.
Warm milk appears to do something psychologically that makes us calm and drowsy.
Possibly it makes us harken back to our days of infancy, and therefore makes the drinker “sleep like a baby.”
Either ways, you want to see it, there’s something about milk that makes falling asleep a breeze.
L-tryptophan is an important amino acid vital to our rest. It is the precursor to serotonin, which can be transformed into melatonin, and melatonin is what regulates the sleep-wake cycles.
Honey creates a spike in insulin, which pushes tryptophan across the blood-brain barrier.
It is then converted into serotonin, which in darkness is converted into melatonin in the pineal gland in our brain.
The result is that as night-time approaches, you have more melatonin to tell your body that it needs sleep.
Nutmeg is a pretty potent spice-so much so that it’s possible that an overdose can end up getting you looped out, feeling incredibly ill, hallucinating, and experiencing a myriad of other nasty side effects.
Ingested safely though can serve as pretty good natural sleep-aid, thanks to its other numerous chemical components that act similar to tranquilizers. Make sure to stick to a quarter teaspoon or less.
You will need:
- a glass of milk,
- 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon of honey and
- 1/8 teaspoon to a 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
Warm up about 8 ounces of milk in your favorite mug and Heat it until it’s a little hotter than you would comfortably drink. Mix in a tablespoon of honey (or as little as 2 teaspoons if you prefer) and Sprinkle with a ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg at the most.
Allow it cool to a temperature that is still nice and toasty warm but not too hot (drinkable). Make this about 30 minutes before you sleep and when you start winding down, sip slowly, and enjoy!
The world we live in this days just does not cater itself to a good night’s rest, with our everyday lives full of caffeine, various activities, work, and stress and If anything though, I’ve discovered the fact that sleep is harder and harder to achieve for a lot of people means that it’s that much more vital we actually do find a way to get as much as we need.
Make your drink at least a half an hour before bedtime so you’re not waking up in the night running to make use of the bathroom.