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Updated March 19, 2022
Day 6: 3 Drinks That Destroy Your Sleep Quality (avoid these before bed)
Welcome to Day 6 of the 7-Day Sleep Course! After today, you have just ONE day left…
So, take a moment right now to do a self-check-in…
How are you feeling about your sleep so far? Have you noticed less tossing and turning? Is Collagen PM helping you fall asleep faster? Are you turning off those blue-light-emitting screens at 8:00 PM to do more nourishing activities like journaling, reading, or taking a bubble bath?
By answering these questions, you’ll know whether or not these bedtime rituals are working for you.
Yesterday, on Day 5, I shared my TWO favorite sleep-enhancing tools with you—blue-light-blocking glasses and f.lux. These two gadgets help keep your circadian rhythm in balance so that you can wind down as the sun is setting, preparing your body for deep, quality sleep.
Now today, I’m going to reveal the THREE drinks that destroy your sleep quality. But don’t worry, I give you a dreamy alternative to replace them with.
Press play on the video below to learn what they are…
In this video, there are 3 different beverages that we’re going to talk about:
What you may not know is that there’s an optimal (and un-optimal) time to drink these beverages. Let’s dive into what they are…
Water is something that we ALL need—from skin health to joint health to gut health and more…
I’m always telling people to drink half their body weight in water, but when is the best time to drink it?
I recommend starting your day off with a glass of water, but not ending the day with water.
Simple: You’ll wake up in the middle of the night to go pee!
A general rule of thumb that I live by is no liquids two hours before bedtime.
Okay, onto the second beverage to avoid before bedtime…
Coffee is a morning ritual for many. Personally, I love when it’s paired with one of our collagen coffee creamers.
However, coffee too late into the day is a recipe for disaster when it comes to your sleep.
And if you’re someone who struggles with their sleep, it’s ideal if you limit your coffee intake to just one cup a day—before noon.
Many people use alcohol at the end of the day as a “nightcap” to help them wind down and relax.
The downside to drinking alcohol before bed is that it tuns off the release of your human growth hormone (HGH). So, you may go to sleep, but your body isn’t repairing and rebuilding damaged tissue like it otherwise would without alcohol.
To avoid this happening, I recommend drinking alcohol no sooner than four hours before bedtime. So if you’re going to bed at 10:00 PM, you want to be done drinking no later than 6:00 PM.
So, What Should You Drink Instead?
The sleepytime drink that myself and the NativePath Team swear by is Collagen PM.
With melatonin, GABA, magnesium, L-theanine, and collagen, it’s crafted specifically for those who…
- Struggle with falling asleep fast.
- Find themselves tossing and turning throughout the night.
- Fail to get deep, restorative sleep for at least 7 hours a night.
I recommend starting with just a half scoop of either Honey Chamomile, Lemon, or Chocolate powder (over the course of a week, you can gradually increase to a full scoop, if needed) and mixing it with either warm milk or water.
Sip on that 30 minutes before going to bed and you’ll feel a wave of relaxation, helping you to fall asleep faster, and stay asleep longer.
Congrats! You just completed Day 6 of The NativePath Sleep Course: The Sleepless Person’s Guide to Getting Better Sleep (in just 7 days).
As you know, there is just ONE day left of this dreamy course…and you may be wondering, “What’s next for me?”
That’s a great question. I’m glad you asked!
There’s another transformational course that may be right up your alley…
Especially since you’ve already built up such incredible momentum with this course…
It goes over which foods, supplements, and movements turn your modern-day lifestyle into a native lifestyle.
Over the course of 30 days, you’ll get daily wellness tips from me—Dr. Chad—sent straight to your inbox…
Free meal plan? Check.
Free shopping guide? Check.
Workout course? Check.
If you’re thinking to yourself, “Yes, please. Sign me up!”, head here to get started.
Tomorrow, on Day 7, I’m going to be revealing my best-kept secrets on how to reduce stress so that you can experience great sleep. So keep an eye out in your inbox!
To better sleep,
As a doctor of Physical Therapy, Senior Wellness Expert, and co-founder of NativePath, Dr. Walding has helped millions of people improve their quality of life from the inside out—by speaking, writing, and educating others on how to live life a little more #OnThePath.
This content is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of such advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Dr. Chad Walding nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement, or lifestyle program.