Having a glass of warm milk before bed is a tradition that’s been passed down through generations as a way to cultivate relaxation, relieve anxiety, and facilitate a more restful night’s sleep. Although many people swear by this practice, others say it’s nothing more than folklore.
What in warm milk helps you sleep?
Milk contains two nutrients widely known to improve or induce sleep. L-tryptophan: Tryptophan is the precursor to serotonin and melatonin in your brain and gut. If you consume enough tryptophan, your brain and gut will create more serotonin and melatonin a few hours later, which will make you relax and feel good.
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup, add more or less to taste
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch nutmeg
- Place the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat and heat just until hot (don’t bring it to a simmer or boil).
- Turn off the heat and add the honey or maple syrup and vanilla; whisk until combined.
- Pour into a mug and sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg.
- Sip on the drink for 30 minutes right before bedtime while doing something relaxing.