What drinks are okay before bedtime?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

I tell you not to eat within 2-3 hours of bedtime, but beverages are fine, as long as they don’t have caffeine or too much simple sugar. In fact, de-caffeinated herbal tea is a great idea. Not only will the warm cup be soothing and relaxing, but some teas actually have sleep promoting benefits. My favorites are chamomile and Valerian. A cup of valerian tea with honey before bed is a centuries old practice for a reason. The natural compounds in the tea may help reduce the amount of time it take to fall asleep and the glucose in honey can help turn off orexin, a neurotransmitter linked to alertness. Be careful not to drink too much, or you’ll be waking up all night to run to the bathroom.

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