You get into your bed and your stomach begins to growl. You look at the clock and it’s 11:30 pm. Do you cave and eat food right before bed to satisfy your sweet-tooth craving or do you fight the urge and wait until breakfast in the morning to indulge? For those nights when you are hungry tossing and turning in bed and decide to cave, we have a tasty trick you should try out!
Did you know milk contains sleep-rich ingredients? Studies show, drinking a warm glass of milk right before bed might help you fall and STAY asleep. Individuals even drink milk before bed as a natural sleeping-aid because it contains melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle. Milk also contains tryptophan, an amino acid best known for being in turkey (and we all know how exhausted we feel after a thanksgiving meal, talk about a food coma!). Tryptophan produces serotonin, a serenity boosting neurotransmitter that causes one to feel peace and calm. Milk contains calcium too which can help individuals stay asleep.
There may be a placebo effect between growing up and having milk before bed and associating milk with sleep efficiency, triggering your childhood memories as a little kid. If you’re stressed and can’t seem to get your eight hours of sleep in, this recipe might be ideal for you to help find a peaceful night of rest. Poor sleep is also tied to weight gain and having sugar close to bedtime can mess with your sleep schedule. This recipe is ideal because it has less than 1 gram of sugar, yet still tastes like a guilty pleasure.
By adding any flavor of our whey protein to a cup of milk before bed you can have a tasty, sweet treat without all the carbs and sugar. Also, it is a drink so you will not feel overly stuffed like Thanksgiving turkey before cuddling up in bed. Our favorite pre-slumber protein of choice is definitely our Double Stuffed Cookies and Creme because it tastes JUST like the notorious cookie we all love.
So, the next time your stomach rumbles and you are battling between falling asleep and listening to your body- listen up because you just might experience your best night of rest yet with a drink you’ll look forward to having again.
Turns out, mom was right about drinking milk before bed.