5 best bedtime beverages
What’s your favourite bedtime drink- a glass of wine, a cup of frothy latte or a piping hot mug of masala chai? Do you know that your choice of beverage/drink at night has a direct bearing on your health and sleep pattern. Here are some healthy options to choose from.
Cocoa: Most people consider this the classic pre-bed drink. First consumed by the Mayans, cocoa was prepared as a delicious hot beverage made up of roasted cocoa beans, boiling water and a pinch of spice. Till today, it remains the most popular choice of hot before bed around the world.
Chamomile tea: If you don’t want to consume dairy before sleeping, the soothing Chamomile is an excellent choice. It helps you calm down, by relaxing the nerves and calming the stomach, promoting a great, peaceful night’s sleep. For best results, drink a cup of unsweetened Chamomile tea around 30 minutes before bedtime.
Warm milk: If you’ve been told since childhood to drink a glass of warm before bedtime, there’s a good scientific reason behind it. The amino acid tryptophan in milk helps the body produce the hormones it needs for a serene night’s sleep. What’s more, milk is also rich in calcium and is a great source of protein. No wonder it remains one of the simplest yet best hot beverages before bedtime.
Peppermint tea: Just like Chamomile tea, Peppermint tea is another kind of herbal tea that naturally helps distress the body. If you have an exam or job interview the next day, it’s recommended to have a cup of this delicious and refreshing herbal tea — it will soothe your stomach, reduce nausea and relieve anxiety!
Hot chocolate: Often confused with cocoa, hot chocolate, traditionally, is a beverage that is thicker, creamier in consistency, as it contains cocoa butter as well as cocoa powder. A richer alternative to cocoa, hot chocolate is usually prepared with milk (unlike cocoa, which is made with hot water) and is a great option for kids.
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