3. Soy Drinks
Great news for vegans and vegetarians. Soy drinks are another great source of tryptophan. This is the case whether we’re talking about a protein smoothie or soymilk. As mentioned earlier, this can help with sleep. However, soy is also loaded with another sleep-inducing hormone known as melatonin. Soy drinks are also a great source of protein, which can promote muscle repair and growth—this rejuvenating effect can be boosted in many ways with the right ingredients. The tryptophan can also help to soothe away stress, decreasing the likelihood of comfort snacking, and sending you straight to bed instead.
2. (Tart) Cherry Juice
At first glance, this particular beverage may not sound all that appetizing, especially right before bed. However, tart cherry juice contains melatonin. Therefore, if you’re having trouble keeping your sleep/wake cycle on track, cherry juice can help make that happen. Furthermore, it helps the body use tryptophan better, so you could say that all around, cherry juice can get you to bed. However, it’s important that the cherry juice is tart- added sugars could leave you feeling wired, ultimately preventing sleep, and contributing to weight gain. Conversely, antioxidants in cherry juice fend off conditions that may lead to gaining weight.
1. Grape Juice
Grape juice may also help get you to sleep at night. Like cherry juice, it contains levels of melatonin, though this may vary depending on the type of grapes. For the best results, you’ll want to have 100% grape juice, not from concentrate, and if possible, try to select a variety with no added sugar- you don’t want to be up all night. When it comes to general health, grapes also contain resveratrol. Resveratrol is an antioxidant that affects the body’s fat stores by converting white fat into brown fat, which burns calories more readily as opposed to storing them.
What NOT to Drink
Seeing grape juice on the list may get you excited about the idea of a glass of red wine before bed. After all, wine also includes grapes, and therefore, antioxidants like resveratrol. However, you’ll want to avoid drinking wine before bed; while in small doses, red wine has appeared to be helpful for heart health, as well as burning fat, the alcohol content can cause problems in excess, and when it comes to bedtime, alcohol may help you get to sleep, but the quality of that sleep will be severely diminished. Stick to grape juice when it’s time for bed.
All in all, if you’re looking to get a good night’s rest, you have a lot of options- drinks that can help you get to sleep. If you play your cards right, you can also pick up some great nutrition and other benefits that boost your health. Keep in mind that just because something is healthy, that does not mean that you can eat or drink it at any time. In many cases, when and how much you eat or drink matters more than what you’re eating. That’s especially true when it comes to certain drinks and getting to sleep.