Warm Milk Treats Insomnia
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(ABC NEWS) -- It sure works to help babies snooze, but how about as we grow older?
The truth is it could help you fall sleep better because it's warm and filling, not because it's milk.
Many may have thought warm milk was a sleep solution because it contains tryptophan, an amino acid that makes the hormone serotonin, which helps put us to sleep.
"But with milk you're getting a lot of other amino acids that are competing with the tryptophan," Ayoob said. "Tryptophan needs to be there on its own to get the full effect."
But that's no reason why we should stop drinking a glass before bedtime. Warm milk most likely works for some because it's warm and comforting. And unlike other hot products like tea or coffee, milk does not contain caffeine.
"It can take away the hunger pangs before you go to bed," Ayoob said. "An extra glass can fill the gaps of calcium."