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1. Drinking warm milk makes you sleepy
Not just because it contains the chemical Tryptophan – the same one found in turkey – which explains why everyone wants to take a nap after a turkey dinner – but because of the nice feeling, surprisingly enough. There really isn’t enough tryptophan in milk to make you sleep, trace amounts only, yet there is evidence that the psychological effect it gives you can make you sleepy. Andrew Klein says:
“Infants often go right to sleep after breastfeeding. When an adult enjoys a warm glass of milk, they may just be taking an unconscious, nostalgic trip back to this ‘happy place.’” Who doesn’t enjoy a good suckle?
A study published in a recent issue of Neuroendocrinology Letters found that infants go to sleep faster after feedings. While no research has yet examined this phenomenon in adults, it’s not unreasonable to suggest that milk-guzzling grown-ups are unconsciously reminded of an infantile state, which causes them to drift off.” Enjoy your warm milk with some honey or a tot in it, relax and drift off to dreamland.