Having a sugary drink in an evening can spike your glucose, taxing your body as your sleep is disturbed during the night. The simple sugars from fruit juice and sugar-sweetened soft drinks enter the bloodstream quickly and cause a rapid rise in glucose. This makes getting a good night’s sleep much more difficult. In fact, studies show that in a variety of populations, a higher intake of sugar-sweetened drinks and fruit juices is associated with poorer sleep. (1),(2) And a poor night’s sleep can lead to more glucose spikes.
Swap a sugary drink for sparkling or plain water and add your own flavour. For a citrus flavour, add a slice of lemon or orange. A few slices of cucumber with fresh mint leaves provides a refreshing drink. Want some zing? Try adding a slice of ginger and lime.