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Does a glass of milk before bed really help you sleep, if so how?

Posted by Sarah J.

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Milking It.... From what I understand, a glass of milk before bed really won't do anything to help you fall asleep. The reason this myth got started is that milk contains melatonin, a hormone that is a relaxation hormone. However, there's so little melatonin in milk that it really shouldn't do anything to help you fall asleep. It also contains some amino acids that supposedly could do the trick, but again, the amount is so small that it shouldn't really work - only in theory. If milk helps people fall asleep, especially warm milk, it may have something to do with the fact that breast milk is warm. And if you subconsciously associate warm milk with being a baby, it will most likely remind you of being cozy, taking care of and sleeping a lot. That's the best guess I have. Which also leads me to... being warm in general can lead to falling asleep, so maybe ingesting a warm liquid of any sort can knock you out just as easily.
Don't Know why but - -. I have been drinking warm milk before sleeping. I have been doing it for the past few months, and I find it very soothing. I sit in my rocking chair, dim the lights and enjoy my warm milk after the kids have been tucked in and the entire house is quiet. I find it to be a nice way to end the day, and maybe that is why it helps e to sleep better.
Lots of people are intolerant to milk. I am seriously intolerant to milk... it might make me go to sleep but is certainly isn't good for me!
Maybe warm milk?. When I was a kid, my mother would give me a glass of warm milk before bedtime, and it always made me sleepy. Maybe this is because milk tends to fill you up, and I always find that if I feel "heavy," I immediately want to doze off. But I'm not sure it's the healthiest thing to do. These days I go for chamomile tea with honey.

Hi Sarah J,

I have read somewhere that a glass of  warm milk before bed helps you to sleep better. I do not remember the source but i recall it was a reliable source. I do not have any info regarding the health benefits.

I tried it  for a short period and it worked for me BUT I have had never had an issue sleeping. 


Hi my name is sachin desai, i m drink milk before bedtime, it realy help me to sleep well.
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