A cup of tea or coffee can stimulate you as soon as fifteen minutes after you’ve taken your first step. This can be a life saver in the morning if you’re feeling groggy and trying to wake yourself up so that you can enjoy your day of sightseeing. However, drinking coffee or tea in the late afternoon and evening can keep you from falling asleep easily when you go to bed, as the caffeine is likely still in your system. Therefore, you should keep tea and coffee to the earlier parts of the day.
Who doesn’t enjoy a glass of wine, a pint of beer, or a refreshing cocktail on a warm evening after a busy day of seeing the sights in a new city? However, drinking too much alcohol in the evening can interfere with your sleep. Alcohol can actually interrupt your circadian rhythm by affecting levels of chemicals that tell your body when it’s time to sleep or wake up. This is why alcohol can make you feel sleepy, but you’ll wake up during the night and struggle to get back to sleep. Drinking alcohol before you go to sleep can also lead to you needing a trip to the bathroom in the middle of the night, further disturbing your sleep. Alcohol-impaired sleep can be disruptive no matter where you are, but it can really put a damper on your daytime energy. Nobody wants this when on their holiday – you want to have fun, but how can you have a good time if you’re exhausted during the day?
3) Fizzy Drinks
People who drink a lot of sugary fizzy drinks tend to sleep for no more than five hours a night – much less than the recommended eight hours we should be sleeping each night! The carbonation in fizzy drinks can cause bloating and stomach pressure, which can trigger heartburn. This can often flare up at night, which can make it tough to get the sleep that you need to feel refreshed during the day. If you don’t feel energised during the day, you won’t enjoy your holiday as much as you’d like to!