I slept all night last night. I still can’t believe it. I slept all night. Without getting up or getting up. not even once. I slept a solid 8 hours. That will never happen. Not even when I was a kid. Honestly, I can’t remember ever in my life not waking up at least once a night to check the time, walk around, or go to the bathroom.
As I marveled at how well-rested I felt this morning, I thought to myself, “What could I have done differently last night?” Then it shocked me. Last night, I had a few glasses of hot mulled wine after dinner. I hung out and drank outside on the balcony in the common area with a few friends. (Don’t worry, we wore masks and were seated 6 feet apart.)
These people are more than just friends. These wonderful souls are my neighbors. And in the eight months since the COVID-19 pandemic upended our lives, these neighbors have become some of my closest friends.
We gather outside our homes and discuss everything from religion and world politics to the best pizza and Mexican restaurants in our neighborhood. Over the past year, we have encouraged, comforted, supported and helped each other through this difficult time.
So was it the mulled wine that lulled me to sleep, or the laughter and friendship? I think it’s both. Mulled wine alone would not have given me the love and sense of belonging that comes with being with my tribe. And, yeah, I think the mulled wine helped a little, too.
So, I’d like to share with you a recipe made with ingredients I had at home. Last night I made a carafe of warm mulled wine that warmed our hearts and helped us sleep.
Meline mulled wine
- 2 bottles of red wine (this time I used Australian Cabernet Sauvignon)
- 1 cup brandy
- 1/2 cup honey (the darker the better)
- 6 cinnamon sticks
- 12 cloves
- 2 oranges (I used sliced oranges)
Add all ingredients to a pot, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Great smell and great taste!
Why is it effective?
red wine is natural remedies for arthritis. It contains antioxidants called polyphenols that reduce inflammation in the body. It also contains a powerful antioxidant called resveratrol, which can help relieve arthritis symptoms and stop its progression. So if your joint pain keeps you up at night, your doctor may recommend drinking a glass of red wine with dinner. That being said, there is conflicting research on the benefits of red wine. And when it comes to wine, as with other types of alcohol, more isn’t always better. Moderation is key.
As for brandy, one shot contains the same antioxidant power as 90 mg of vitamin C. Its antibacterial properties boost the immune system, it has sleep-inducing properties, and it contains no carbohydrates (good news for keto converters). It is found in cholesterol and, thanks to its antioxidant compounds, is thought to remove bad cholesterol from the arteries and eliminate the effects of free radicals. Also prevents aging. It makes me want to drink it all at once. stop it. Like all good things, brandy should be consumed in moderation.
Honey is truly one of nature’s wonders and is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight free radicals in the body. Adding honey to your daily diet can actually strengthen your immune system and lower your risk of developing certain diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. A good rule of thumb when buying honey – the darker the honey, the more antibacterial and antibacterial it is. Antioxidant power. So that probably helped too.
The wonderful scent of cinnamon brings back memories of holidays, freshly baked cookies, and childhood family celebrations. And in addition to the fact that cinnamon evokes pleasant memories, it actually has the following effects: counteract the negative effects of fatty meals. The same goes for cloves and oranges. Not only will it fill your home with wonderful scents, but cloves Stabilizing blood sugar levels, oranges are rich in vitamin C, which can lower blood pressure and levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
But most importantly, none of these things will work without the love and support of your friends and family. There is a high correlation between insomnia and loneliness. If you’re having trouble sleeping, try spending a little more time reaching out to friends and loved ones. With additional support and social engagement, positive influence About your future sleep.
Cheers to a chilly autumn night with your favorite warm drink. “Cheers to great conversation, great friends, and a good night’s sleep!”