If you typically reach for a nightcap to send you off to sleep, experts have a warning to share. Though alcohol may help you fall asleep more quickly by having a depressant effect on the central nervous system, it can actually disrupt your slumber later on in the night. According to the Sleep Foundation, this occurs as the “liver enzymes metabolize alcohol. This can lead to excessive daytime sleepiness and other issues the following day,” their experts write.
Instead of reaching for an alcoholic beverage, which may ultimately hinder your rest, there are several other calming drinks that can help you drift off to dreamland and stay there. Read on to learn which five drinks can soothe you to sleep, and which other health benefits they offer.
Tart cherry juice:
Research shows that tart cherry juice is one of the most effective beverages for achieving a good night’s sleep-and it comes with a range of other health perks. “Cherries, particularly sour or Montmorency cherries, have been demonstrated to provide a variety of health benefits,” says the Sleep Foundation. Read more…