Everyone has their end-of-the-day routine. Whether you’re free from the moment you step inside your house after work or you have to wait until all the kids/dogs/cats go to bed before your moment of solace, you likely turn to your go-to activity to relax. Watching TV, soaking in the tub, and meditating are some common picks, but there’s something you can enjoy while doing all three of those things that’ll also help you relax. Chances are, if you’re like most Americans, you pair any or all of those activities with having a drink.
A drink at the end of the day isn’t at all uncommon. According to a book cited by the Washington Post, a drink a night will put you in the top 30% of American adult alcohol consumption per capita, while two drinks will bump you up to the top 20%. A drink or two at night is supposed to help you relax at the end of a long day; but did you know that there’s one drink in particular that will do just that and provide you with countless other benefits?
A glass of red wine, a 5-ounce one to be exact, is believed to be tied to numerous health benefits. Red wine contains tannins, which help boost the body’s ability to absorb iron. Red wine also contains resveratrol, which has anti-aging properties for the skin and also antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. According to Washington State University and Harvard Medical School, resveratrol also helps convert white fat into obesity-fighting beige fat that is easier for the body to burn off.
FYI, I am not a huge wine drinker. I enjoy sangria once in a while, but if I have to drink wine, I’ll pick white every time. The idea of a 5-ounce glass of red each night was a little daunting, but I didn’t think it was impossible. So I put myself to the test. Here’s how it worked out.
All the Wonderful Benefits of Red Wine
Taste Test, Take 2
I actually woke up refreshed!
Nights 4 to 6
Day 7: Mind Over Matter
All in all, there were a few differences I noticed during my wine week. My sleep saw a little bit of improvement. Falling asleep earlier is a blessing for an insomniac like myself, but I’m not sure if falling asleep earlier is worth waking up with a too-much-sleep hangover. I also felt like I tossed and turned a little more than usual, but it’s also been humid and disgusting out, so that could have had something to do with it as well.
Another thing I noticed was that my general aches and pains seemed quelled during that week. Between a bad back and a herniated disc in my neck, this is a rarity. I had a more active week than usual, and when the aches and pains don’t get me, the headaches often do. This was a major concern going into this little experiment. As a cluster headache sufferer, I’m usually working overtime to prevent headaches from hitting. The jury is out on if alcohol is a trigger, but I’ve heard wine and headaches go hand in hand. I didn’t have any abnormal headache activity, which I consider a victory.
Finally, there was the benefit I didn’t expect. I’ve been combating some pretty dry skin along the edges of my face lately. I found my skin was significantly less dry during my wine week. That was one less problem for me to try to troubleshoot during the week, so thanks, resveratrol!
I think the key to getting your glass of wine before bed to work for you is definitely finding the right wine. You’ll reap the benefits as long as it’s red, but you want to actually enjoy the experience, too. While I don’t know if I’ll go all-in and add this to my nightly routine, it’s definitely something I can get behind doing on a nice pampered night in.