Wine and relaxation seem to go hand in hand. After a long day, one way to restore calm is to savor a glass of your favorite red, white, or blush. Science confirms what we’ve all known: wine relaxes you! Drinking wine in moderation can help us unwind, de-stress, and find balance even during our most unbalanced days.
Evidence Confirms That Wine Relaxes You
According to Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, a board-certified internist, drinking wine “is one of the most time-honored ways for disconnecting our brains at the end of the day.” He explains that it calms “transiently, because it is a central nervous system depressant.” It can, essentially, offer a sedative effect.
The key is – you guessed it – moderation. And timing. Just because wine has a sedative, relaxing effect doesn’t mean you should get in your jammies and pour yourself a few glasses of pinot noir at bed time. In fact, this can boost your metabolism and interrupt sleep. Not what you want when you need to get your 8 hours. Dr. Teitelbaum says, “So the net effect of relying on alcohol for relaxation is adverse if too much is consumed, too close to bedtime.”
Also if you have acid reflux (which tends to flare up at night) or gastritis, it is best to avoid wine at bed because it can make these conditions worse.
The best way to combine wine and relaxation is to have a glass with dinner. It will produce the calming effect you want without impeding your ability to sleep.
The next question is what’s the best wine for relaxation? Your favorite, of course! But if you want a little extra kick for health, experts recommend going with a red. Resveratrol, present in red wines, is linked with increased lifespan. As Dr. Teitelbaum says, “What a great way to live long and love living!” We couldn’t agree more!
Wine relaxes you; enjoy in moderation and you’ll build some peace and serenity into your day!