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If you’re looking for ways to improve your evening wind down, we’ve got you covered. In addition to relaxing in a warm bath and slipping into cozy pajamas, the age-old recommendation of enjoying a glass of warm milk before bed can help you drift off to dreamland.
The creamy drink is as mentally soothing as reaching for your favorite blanket at bedtime, which helps you go to sleep, according to an article in the Health section of The New York Times.
So how does this bedtime beverage work its magic? The secret is in the temperature! When we feel the warmth of a mug of milk cradled in our hands and as we sip, our minds trigger our bodies to get more sleepy.
There’s also speculation that going to bed with food in our stomachs staves off hunger so we can relax and get some rest. This stems from when were babies and took naps after enjoying a warm milk feeding, according to ScienceLine from New York University.
Are you ready to pour a mug before bed? Here are our favorite ways to indulge.
Plain white milk gently warmed takes us back to our childhood and helps us reflect on a simpler time. Ahhh! But as adults, we can also enhance that warm mug of milk with our favorite flavors. Get creative!
If you’re a chocolate lover, consider homemade hot chocolate or making a mixture of half decaf coffee and half hot chocolate to wind down at the end of a long day. Feel free to mix in a spoonful of caramel sauce for an extra sweet treat.
You can also use a packet of apple cider mix to season a warm mug of milk. This fall-inspired flavor should be appreciated year round. Top the mug with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle of ground cinnamon or pumpkin spice.
Looking for more recipes for warm milk? Stock up on classic a2 Milk® Whole or Chocolate 2% Reduced Fat to make these seven simple recipes. Sweet dreams!