Thousands of people across Britain believe that taking a drink to bed with them can help them sleep. Of course, the effect is partially psychosomatic: if you incorporate a glass of milk or water into your bedtime routine, you will come to associate it with sleep on a subconscious level. As a result, pouring and consuming the drink will mentally prepare you for sleep. However, some drinks can also produce physical effects that are conducive to a good night’s sleep. So what are the best drinks to take to bed and what drinks should you avoid? Great bedtime drinks 1. Milk Milk is one of the best things to drink in bed because it is rich in nutrients and calcium. Your body will naturally want to go to sleep after you have consumed a glass of milk so that it can process those nutrients. 2. Hot chocolate If you feel like treating yourself, you may wish to drink a cup of hot chocolate made with milk. The milk will help prepare your body for sleep while the chocolate will give you a mild, natural high which can heighten your state of relaxation. 3. Water Your body needs plenty of water to function properly. Consequently, drinking a glass before bedtime can make you feel healthier and more at-ease. Drinks to avoid at bedtime 1. Wine Many people believe that a glass of wine can help them drift off to sleep. While this may be true to a certain extent, wine and other alcoholic drinks can also bring on disturbing dreams and therefore disrupt your sleep during the night. 2. Juice and other sugary drinks Any drink that contains high levels of sugar will keep you awake and energise you rather than sending you to sleep. Of course, taking the right drink to bed will only help if your bed is comfortable. Picking out a comfortable mattress is therefore vital. Here at Mattress Nextday, we sell an enormous number of different mattresses to suit our customers’ different tastes and sleeping preferences. Check out our range of affordable-but-luxurious mattresses today to find one that’s perfect for you.