If the idea of having a warm, calming beverage before bed sounds soothing to you, and you love sipping on creative, colourful, concoctions, moon milk just might be a good addition to your night-time ritual. Moon milk is popping up everywhere on Pinterest and Instagram feeds and trust us, it is a lot fancier than your average latte. Infused with herbs and spices, moon milk has been touted as a miracle drink to help you get better sleep.
Sleep-inducing Ingredients in Moon Milk
Moon milk finds its roots in the ancient practice of Ayurveda as a remedy for sleep deprivation and is usually consumed before bed. As you know that milk contains the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan which helps you get shuteye, adding a few ingredients can multiply the sleep-inducing effects of milk by many folds. Adding ashwagandha or Indian ginseng to the milk can have a relaxing effect on the mind and body. Taken for a couple of weeks, it helps your body to reset its cortisol levels which helps regulate sleeping patterns and also lowers anxiety and restlessness. Additionally, curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, lower inflammation, which can create a sense of calm before bedtime.
You can also add cinnamon to the milk, which is well-known for its antioxidant properties. For some crunch, you may also like to sprinkle some pistachios and almonds on top. These nuts contain calcium and potassium, which are sleep-promoting nutrients. How to Lose Weight Naturally in Your Sleep: 4 Tips to Burn Fat While Sleeping.
Moon Milk Recipe
To make the moon milk, you need
- 1 cup of cow milk or any non-dairy milk if you are lactose-intolerant
- 1 tsp ashwagandha powder
- I tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tbsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp honey for taste
Heat all these ingredients in a saucepan and whisk it until it’s smooth. You can also garnish it with some edible flower, spices, and herbs. Follow These Good Sleep Habits for Better Sleep.
But don’t assume it will be enough to put you to bed on its own. You should practice good general sleep hygiene, including avoiding screens before bed, keeping your bedroom cool and dark, and sticking to a solid consistent bedtime.