What You Drink Affects How You Sleep

Drinking any caffeinated beverage after noon is a no-no if you plan to fall asleep easily and get a good night's rest.

That means regular coffee, hot tea, iced tea, cola, etc. should all be considered morning beverages.

Caffeine's stimulating effects linger in most people for anywhere from 6 to 12 hours after they consume it.

But what about alcohol?

Although it's often used to induce sleep, alcohol of any type actually prevents your body from getting a restful night's sleep.

Not only will you be more likely to wake up early - or even during the night - after imbibing, but you'll also be groggy in the morning.

That's because alcohol disturbs your natural sleep stages, preventing your brain and body from getting the rest and recharging they receive during a full night's sleep.

Your best beverage choices for a good night's sleep are the good old standbys - water or warm milk. Not too much of either, though, or a full bladder will prevent you from sleeping through the night.

Filed under Insomnia, Sleep Remedies by SleepyNews.com.
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