Developing a line of drinks that work well enough to create a huge boost in sales is no small feat. While the energy drink industry has done it, they aren’t the only ones who could accomplish it.

What about the rise of insomnia? As people look for more natural products to put in their bodies, they’re also looking for natural sleep aids. Rather than becoming dependent on medicines and drugs, customers want drinks they can buy, such as energy drinks to achieve the opposite effect.

Here are some of the best drinks for better sleep you can make to ensure your customers have the products they want.

1. Drinks with Melatonin

Tart cherries have natural melatonin, which is your body’s sleep hormone. It helps regulate your cycles of sleeping and waking. When there is more of the hormone in your body, you feel sleepy.

Cherries also contain tryptophan, the same chemical that gets blamed for your sleepiness after eating Thanksgiving turkey. Tryptophan is an amino acid that your body uses to produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter that contributes to good feelings.

All these chemical processes help ready your body for sleep. Cherries aren’t the only naturally-occurring foods that contain melatonin. Corn, asparagus, and tomatoes are other fruits and veggies that have it, along with foods like rice or walnuts.

Formulating a drink with these foods can help your customers’ bodies feel sleepier by increasing their melatonin levels.

2. 5-HTP Drinks

5-Hydroxytryptophan, or 5-HTP, is a chemical closely related to serotonin, or 5-hydroxytryptamine. 5-HTP helps increase your body’s production of serotonin, just like regular tryptophan does. Both 5-HTP and tryptophan help, but 5-HTP works faster.

It’s also used in treating mental health problems, which can sometimes cause sleep issues and insomnia. Using 5-HTP in a drink for sleep can help your customers fall asleep faster than using tryptophan.

3. Drinks Containing Valerian Root

A perennial plant that grows naturally in Europe, valerian has short, poky white roots. Getting all the information before taking valerian root supplements is helpful because it’s a depressant. Anyone taking other depressants like benzodiazepines for anxiety disorders should be careful when adding valerian.

Valerian is associated with sedative effects because it binds to serotonin receptors. Formulating a beverage with this root may help your customers calm down before trying to sleep. 

4. Best Drinks for Better Sleep: CBD Drinks

CBD, or cannabidiol, is part of the cannabinoid family (only one of around a hundred others that all come from the cannabis plant). The CBD revolution has claimed that CBD can help with anything from Parkinson’s to erectile dysfunction. Many have poor or no sources to back up their claims.

Yet using CBD for sleep is a different story. The American Sleep Association acknowledges CBD’s usefulness for promoting sleep and counteracting insomnia.

THC, the part of the cannabis plant that induces a high, isn’t found in CBD. It still helps maintain body functions like sleep cycles.

Beverages with CBD could help your customers with anxiety and feeling calm, which can inhibit sleep. They could also help regulate their sleep cycles to promote better sleep overall.

5. Drinks with Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is a plant that produces flowers that look like daisies. They’re part of the Asteraceae family, and the dried flowers are the main ingredient in common chamomile tea.

Using chamomile in a drink for your customers will give them a familiar ingredient they recognize. It will provide instant credibility, but it’s also a valuable ingredient in drinks promoting sleep.

It’s thought to bind to the same neuro-receptors that benzodiazepines bind to, giving the same feeling of calm. This is one of the reasons it’s been an herb used for generations as a sleep aid, as far back as the 11th century.

6. Milk

Sending a child to bed with a cup of warm milk to help them sleep isn’t a myth or an old wives’ cure. Parents used warm milk as a sleep aid for children long ago, despite not understanding why it works.

Milk and milk products contain tryptophan, just as turkey does. While warming it is only for comfort, the chemical process is similar to when you consume tart cherries. It boosts your body’s production of serotonin, helping your body get ready for sleep.

Creating a line of drink products with milk in them can help your customers get ready for sleep. Even milk products designed to be heated can provide a sense of nostalgia. They’ll also provide the natural chemicals to achieve the results they want.

7. Exclude Energy-Inducing Ingredients

Obviously avoiding drinks with caffeine is a must. What about avoiding natural hormones and chemicals that keep your body awake?

Beetroot is one of the natural ingredients that helps energize you, along with Vitamin B-12. Green tea is another natural energizer to avoid, as well as goji berries and açai.

Creating drinks without these ingredients will ensure a product that helps your customers with their sleep needs. Advertising on the drink itself that it excludes those products can also give them confidence in your product.

Understanding Your Customers

Understanding your clients is a huge part of any company, but it’s vital to a beverage company. If you’re going to produce the best drinks for better sleep, you need to know exactly what your customers want. The ingredients above will help you develop the latest in drinks that help induce sleep, a problem much of the world struggles with today.

Contact Drink Labs today with any questions, or to get started on your custom drink recipes.