Energy and soft drinks (most of which contain high sugar and caffeine content) can stimulate the brain, disrupting high quality sleep. Why do you need high quality sleep?
- Appetite control
- Energy improvement
- Stress relief
- Production of growth hormone for calorie-burning muscle
- Optimal performance during exercise
- Maximum results for race/competitive sporting event
Instead of the usual suspects, try drinking tart cherry juice. Researchers from Louisiana State University found that drinking tart cherry juice twice a day can help you get almost 90 more minutes of sleep a night! Cherry juice contains melatonin and tryptophan, which assist in sleep regulation.
To reduce the risk of sleep-disrupting bathroom runs, avoid drinking beverages just before bedtime.
For optimal fitness results, balance high quality sleep with exercise and healthy nutrition.