Just before you’re ready to call it a day and climb into bed, what bedtime drink do you like to have? A cup of hot chocolate, perhaps? A nip of brandy? Chamomile tea? Or maybe a good old standby like a glass of milk (cold or warm)?
If you answered, yes to any of the above, you’re good to go with all but one. You may have guessed -- it’s the brandy. Although brandy seems like a good bedtime drink and over the years, we’ve been sold on its soothing effects, the fact is that in the long run it will actually prevent you from getting the deep sleep you need to feel rested.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) estimates that more than one-third of adults in the U.S. do not get enough sleep, or they are sleeping less than seven hours in a 24-hour period.
The most obvious bedtime drink to avoid is coffee or any other caffeinated beverage. Nutrition experts recommend shutting down the caffeine intake sometime in the afternoon or at least by dinner time.
That’s easier said than done with coffee so popular thanks to the Starbucks trend. But the fact is that if you indulge in that cup of Joe to get you through the afternoon lull at work, you are less likely to get the deep sleep you need.