Worst thing to drink before bedtime revealed – and it’s not tea or coffee

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Apparently, it isn’t coffee and tea that are your worst enemies when it comes to sleepless nights, but actually another beverage which many people associate with making them relaxed before bed

We know it’s advisable to not drink coffee or tea too close to bedtime, but apparently there’s a drink that’s even worse for insomnia – and it’s quite surprising.

What’s your before bed routine? Maybe a glass of warm milk before bed to relax? Or perhaps a creamy hot chocolate to make you feel cosy? Or have a bowl of cereal to avoid feeling hungry in the middle of the night?

If this is you, you might want to reconsider your night-time routine – as it could be the cause of your sleep struggles. New research carried out by 888 Casino looked at whether coffee, tea or milk affected the quality of a person’s sleep – and it revealed a very unexpected result.

It wasn’t coffee or tea that were find as the worst offenders for affecting sleep, which we may have thought in the past – but milk. While coffee and tea are high in caffeine, which blocks sleep-promoting receptors in your brain, milk, which has a number of health benefits thanks to being high in calcium and vitamin D, can also have detrimental effects.

In a statement, the researchers said: “To find out which drinks affect our sleep more than others, 888 Casino provided a group of participants with sleep trackers and five different drinks. Each participant then had a different one each night for five days, recording how well they slept.

“Milk is the worst drink for a good night’s sleep, with participants only sleeping for six hours and 52 minutes, nearly one hour less than on a normal night. Contrary to popular belief, coffee isn’t the worst drink before bed, only keeping participants awake for 54 minutes.

“Tea is the best beverage to drink before bed and encourages dreaming the most, encouraging one hour and 14 minutes of deep sleep and one hour 30 minutes of REM sleep.”

The research didn’t state why milk lead to worse sleep than milk, but Professor John Young, Professor of translational clinical and health research at Teesside University, previously explained that milk isn’t a good bedtime drink, particularly if you have a dairy allergy, are lactose intolerant, or have a condition such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), as it can cause symptoms that create “discomfort” and keep you awake.

He said: “These symptoms would delay falling asleep and may even prevent a good night’s sleep. For this reason, those individuals would be advised to avoid milk before bed. Likewise, anyone who suffers from acid reflux would likely experience symptoms of heartburn and regurgitation if they consumed milk, or anything rich in protein, before lying down to go to sleep.”

However, he also stated that there is evidence to suggest that for others drinking milk could be beneficial in helping you get to sleep – although research into the topic is “mixed. He explained: “The evidence that milk before bed improves our ability to fall asleep and maintain a good night’s sleep is actually mixed – a good night’s sleep is much more influenced by our overall diet, physical activity and exposure to sunlight throughout the day.”

According to another study, having a varied diet, including adequate amounts of milk and dairy products, will help improve sleep habits. It’s clear that more research into the area is needed.

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