Sleep is one of the most important things to keep yourself healthy and happy. A night of restlessness, tossing and turning will not only will leave you exhausted, but has also been linked to weight gain.
But why? Well, when you’re tired, your metabolism slows down so your body uses less energy. A lack of sleep also affects your blood sugar and makes your insulin spike, causes you to feel hungry and decreases the rate at which calories are burned.
Getting some shut-eye is vital when you are trying to lose weight and while having caffeine or sugar too close to going to bed can keep you awake, there are some bedtime drinks that can actually help you lose weight as well as ensuring you get some much-needed shut-eye.
Here’s five of the best bedtime drinks to have before you hit the sack…
Everyone has heard the term to ‘sleep like a baby’. Well, some schools of thought suggest that newborns sleep so deeply because of drinking warm milk before they go to bed. A glass of milk (heating optional) can help you to a peaceful night because it’s full of calcium and tryptophan. Reportedly, calcium helps the brain to use the amino acid tryptophan to create the substance melatonin, which is well known for inducing sleep. Getting a good eight hours in bed will really decrease any cravings the following day.
This caffeine free drink will leave you feeling calm and is famous for its sleep inducing qualities. A mug of this will increase your body’s levels of glycine, a neurotransmitter that not only acts as a mild sedative but also relaxes you too. It has also been linked to improving glucose control, which aids weight loss. Stay away from any detox teas and have a cup of this instead.
A small glass of 100% grape juice before bed can help you burn fat as you dream. Research suggests eating or drinking simple carbs, which are found in grape juice, causes insulin secretion at night. Insulation regulates the body’s circadian rhythms. Plus, grapes are packed with antioxidants which convert calories storing white fat, into calorie burning brown fat.
Soy protein shake
Most people think protein shakes are just for weight-lifters in the gym, but actually soy in milk or protein power form is brimming with the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan can also help to decrease cortisol levels which helps fight fat. Even though metabolism slows down when you sleep, it still keeps working, and your protein shake will be digested and absorbed as you’re nodding off.
This ia a probiotic-rich drink made from fermented milk. It works on your gut to increase healthy bacteria levels which aids digestion and absorption of vitamins and minerals. The yoghurt-esque drink also helps to improve your sleep and enhance your exercise performance.