A warm glass of milk 15 minutes before bedtime is said to help people fall asleep at night. Milk contains tryptophan, which is the same ingredient that makes everyone sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner. The warmth of the milk also helps people relax.
Chamomile tea is known as a gentle sleep aid. While most teas contain caffeine, this one contains relaxants that helps you wind down before sleep.
Montgomery cherries are surprising sleep-inducers. They contain a decent amount of melatonin, which regulates the body’s sleep-awake cycles. Studies found that those who drink (real) cherry juice first thing in the morning and right before bed managed to sleep 39 minutes longer.
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It’s pretty easy to become the master of the caffeine nap. The idea is simple enough: drink a cup of coffee, then take a 15 minute nap. It takes a little bit for the caffeine to kick in, so this oxymoronic combination isn’t too far-fetched. Then once your alarm goes off 15 minutes later, you wake up refreshed and ready to battle the monsters of the day.
The caffeine nap isn’t just a concept though. It’s a real scientific “thing.” Sleep researchers at the University of Britain put several fatigued drivers in a driving simulator to determine the best ways to make them more alert. Apparently, there’s a chemical in your body called “adenosine,” which makes you sleepy. Coffee chases this chemical away, which is pretty cool.
Info from: http://www.sleepdex.org/caffeine-nap.htm