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Why Do Milk + Cookies Help You Sleep?

Posted to: Florals & Design on Sep 13, 2017 Why Do Milk + Cookies Help You Sleep? fluff photo

A glass of warm milk is known to help you fall asleep. A reputation that seems to be age-old wisdom based on the fact that milk contains tryptophan, one of the essential amino acids that your body uses to make sleep-inducing brain chemicals such as serotonin and melatonin. 

But apparently, just consuming a glass of milk won’t make tryptophan to do its “sleep-inducing job.” Why? Because milk also includes other amino acids that decrease the ability of tryptophan to enter the brain.

Therefore, it seems recommendable to combine a small amount of milk with an ample dose of foods high in carbohydrates, such as cookies.

Carbohydrates trigger a rise in blood sugar levels, which in turn stimulate the release of insulin. Insulin facilitates the entry of tryptophan into the brain, and as a result it can make up for the counteracting effects of other amino acids found in milk.

So, although taking a cookie and milk before bed has been a cliché used for many years, it seems that it isn’t just an old wives’ Tale but it actually holds some scientific fact.