Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Does Warm Milk Lull You to Sleep?

Here it is 12:15 a.m. and I’m wide awake. I’m not sure why as I was tired all day but at some point probably after dinner I got a second wind.

I was so tired all day because yesterday I had jury duty and was up at 5:30 a.m. because I had to walk my dog and had to be at court at 7:30 a.m. and was there until 5:15 pm and didn’t get home until 5:45 pm. It was a day of sitting around and listening and an extreme drop in blood sugar. 

So as I’m sitting here so wide away my mind is racing about what aids I might use to fall asleep as I have to get up early tomorrow too.

For some reason — warm milk — came to mind. I don’t drink milk as the smell makes me gag. I never drank milk as a kid except chocolate milk and occasionally buttermilk.

I much prefer vanilla soy milk or rice milk on my cereal.

So warm milk is not really in my repertoire of falling asleep tools but just for the heck of it I looked up the theory of warm milk in lieu of a sleeping pill which I would never succumb to.

The article claims that warm milk is not a sleep panacea but the effects might be more psychological. I remember my grandmother frequently drinking warm milk with some honey mixed in.

On the Lunesta web site, it says that an amino acid in milk may help you fall asleep but it is not a cure for insomnia. But of course, they want to peddle pills…

  1. My husband always has a bowl of cereal before he goes to bed — full stomach does the trick for him, but of course, the milk is in that bowl of cereal.

    Personally, I don’t have a problem going to sleep but often wake up in the middle of the night. I find that simply drinking a glass of water does the trick for me. I think I must be dehydrated.

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