People have used warm milk and honey for centuries to help them sleep. How this drink encourages sleep is not fully understood, and there is little scientific evidence to support milk and honey's use as a sleep aid. Regardless, those who find that warm milk and honey helps them sleep may be reacting to the comfort of a drink they enjoyed as a child, the relaxation of sitting quietly before heading to bed, or the amino acid L-tryotophan, which encourages sleep and is present in milk. Unless you suffer from gastrointestinal problems from drinking milk, there is no harm in trying this beverage if you're having trouble falling asleep.
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Perform before bed rituals, such as taking a shower and slipping into your pajamas. You want to be ready to head to bed after you drink your milk and honey.
Measure 1 cup of milk and pour it into a saucepan.
Heat the milk over low heat until it is warm but not boiling.
Pour the warm milk into a cup or mug.
Stir in one spoonful of honey. Sip and add more honey to taste.
Sit down and drink your milk slowly. The goal is to relax so that you can easily go to sleep.
- University of Maryland Medical Center; Treatment of Insomnia; August 2010
- "The Honey Prescription: The Amazing Power of Honey as Medicine"; Nathaniel Altman; 2010