Winding down with a warm drink is a bedtime routine for many – helping us relax, unwind and drift off. If you’re struggling to sleep, a glass of hot milk can be just the ticket. Unhappy tum: a mug of chamomile tea. Feeling nostalgic – a cup of cocoa.
From readying us for bed to improving the quality of our sleep, there are many nightcaps that are as beneficial as they are delicious.
If you’re in need of some serious shut eye, try one of our top five bedtime beverages.
The original, and best? Bursting with calcium, protein and sleep-promoting tryptophan; a glass of warm milk is one of the simplest ways to help you fall asleep.
Renowned for its natural soothing qualities, chamomile relaxes the nerves and calms the stomach, helping to promote a comfortable night’s sleep. Used as a cure for insomnia in Ancient Egypt, this bedtime tipple is great for people who avoid dairy.
A refreshing way to kick start sleep, peppermint helps to gently de-stress the body. Perfect for nights when your mind simply refuses to switch off.
Without a doubt one of the most popular bedtime drinks, and quite possibly the tastiest, cocoa helps reduce blood pressure and elevate your mood. Choose unsweetened, organic milk for a more wholesome option.
Something of a national institution, this malty, and surprisingly nutritious, drink is a good source of calcium, vitamin D and iron - and a truly tasty way to end your day.
What do you drink before you go to bed? Tell us your bedtime tricks and tips.