Getting the recommended amount of sleep is essential for proper function of the mind and body.
It is recommended to sleep at least 7-9 hours every night. Lack of sleep can cause a variety of health problems including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure and weight gain. It can also lower cognitive function, sex drive, dull your memory and even cause symptoms of depression.
It is of the utmost importance to get a healthy amount of sleep, which is why we are presenting to you an amazing natural mixture that will help you combat sleepless nights without all of the side effects caused by store-bought sleep aids such as NyQyuil.
The best thing about this natural sleep aid is that it is made up of only two ingredients that can most likely already be found in your house: milk and honey! Before we show you how to make this natural sleep aid, first we’ll show you why these two ingredients are all you need to have a good nights sleep.
Everybody knows that milk is a great source of calcium, a nutrient that is vital for many of the body’s natural functions. But did you know that the calcium found in milk can also help you get a good nights sleep?
This is because calcium increases the body’s a secretion of melatonin. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that is produced by the body’s pineal gland, and it helps control your sleep cycles. The more melatonin your body produces, the more likely of a chance you will have at getting a good night’s sleep.
People often take honey before they go to bed if they are sick with a cold or a sore throat, due to the fact that it can sooth a sore throat and act as a cough suppressant, allowing people who take it to sleep easier while they are sick. But there is another reason why honey helps people sleep, and you don’t have to be sick to reap it’s benefits.
Honey helps you sleep because it contains an amino acid called L-tryptophan. L-tryptophan does not naturally occur in the human body but is often used as a sleep aid for insomniacs as it is said to reduce anxiety and help people with sleep apnea keep breathing during sleep.
So, now that you know the amazing benefits of milk and honey when it comes to getting a good sleep, here is how you can make this amazing natural sleep aid.
One teaspoon of honey
Six ounces of milk
One drop of vanilla extract
If you are lactose-intolerant you can substitute cow milk with non-dairy milks such as almond milk or soy milk.
Preperation: Heat the milk in a small saucepan, but don’t let it get to a boil as this will create an unpleasant layer of “skin” on top of the milk. Pour it into a glass and mix in the honey with it while it is still hot. Add one drop of vanilla extract for taste.
Drink this mixture every night before going to bed to ensure you get at least 8 hours of sleep.
Lack of sleep health problems: http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/10-results-sleep-loss
NyQuil side effects: http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-6104/nyquil-oral/details#
Calcium and Melatonin: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8916097
Melatonin and Sleep: http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/tc/melatonin-overview
Honey as a cough suppressant: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/expert-answers/honey/faq-20058031
Honey and L-tryptophan: https://books.google.ca/books?id=DCygraek3U0C&pg=PA217&lpg=PA217&dq=honey+l+tryptophan&source=bl&ots=x0i3JQRGhm&sig=rB2FDCmnsjSliiAuMz7TQ27ecvE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiorMPMoM3KAhVlsoMKHXSxDooQ6AEIUjAJ#v=onepage&q=honey%20l%20tryptophan&f=false