Last night was one of those nights where I just could not fall asleep. Maybe it was the fact that I had a 24-hour cardiac monitor strapped to my chest. Yes, it is hard to fall asleep when you have wires attached to you. I was trying not to get tangled up in the wires, and then try to fall asleep when you can’t fall asleep in your favorite position. Yep, a tummy sleeper.
So even if you don’t have this strange bedfellow with you, how do you fall asleep when sleep seems to escaped out the window and gone off to “Never Land”. Mmmmm. Never Land sounds like a place where you never fall asleep.
We are told to keep our phones out of the room. Check. Do not stay in front of a computer screen an hour before bed. Check. Don’t eat this… well. Don’t drink this… well again. Go to bed when you feel tired. Well, that happens around 5:00 PM and I don’t think my wife would appreciate me saying goodnight before we are supposed to meet friends for dinner.
So I was thinking about how, during the holiday season, how do I get a better nights sleep? Well here are a few tips for getting a good nights sleep by trying a few of these inexpensive but tasty treats readily available.
Tasty Bedtime Beverages
Warm Eggnog– Switch to warm eggnog during the holiday season. This rich and creamy drink is made of egg yolk and heavy cream, so it is very heavy on the stomach. A full stomach can also make you very sleepy. Eggnog is widely available during the holiday season at grocery stores, or you can find a recipe and make it yourself. Homemade eggnog usually includes a few teaspoons of rum. The mixture of heavy, warm eggnog and rum induces sleep.
Hot Chocolate & Malted Milk– Hot chocolate is a popular drink for bedtime because it’s tasty, warm and creamy. Malted milk drinks are even creamier than hot chocolate. Popular types of malted milk drinks include Ovaltine and Horlicks. The creamy hot drinks are comforting and heavy on the stomach. However, do not make hot chocolate in the biggest mug you can find; there are diuretic ingredients in hot chocolate that will have you running to the bathroom all night if you drink too much.
Herbal Teas– Many swear by calming herbal teas such as chamomile tea. Some companies even label these teas as bedtime teas. Make sure that the tea is caffeine free. Caffeine will keep you alert rather than put you to sleep. Other types of tea that are said to be relaxing and calming are jasmine, peppermint, and ginger.
Warm Milk– While most doctors believe that there is no real connection between falling asleep and drinking a warm glass of milk at bedtime, the tradition will not die anytime soon. It remains a popular bedtime ritual in the U.S. You can heat the milk slowly in a saucepan to just below boiling. You can also use the microwave, but you must watch the milk to prevent it from overflowing. To spice up your milk, add a bit of nutmeg or honey.
So there are a few holiday treats to help you get a great night sleep. Remember, consuming too much alcohol may help you fall asleep, pass out, but the results are not a very restless night. Try some of the above bedtime comforts for a great nights sleep.
Happy Holidays From The 2breathe Family