Many people have a favorite “medicine” for every night before bed: a warm decaffeinated tea or some melatonin supplement. But juices containing milk and cinnamon are also among the favorite beverages for bedtime, according to Joyce A. Walsleben and Rita Baron-Faust, authors of “A Woman’s Guide to Sleep.” However, there are some limitations regarding the impact this evening mix has on many people. As it is known, milk helps the sleep state, but, according to studies, cinnamon increases alertness more than reduces fatigue.
Milk and sleep
Milk is made up of an amino acid, tryptophan, which adds serotonin to the body. Seratonin helps in the sleep state. However, according to a 2003 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it turns out that as milk releases tryptophan, it can be “inhibited” along the way to signal the brain by milk proteins. For tryptophan to be effective in bringing about sleep, it must be accompanied by low-protein, high-carbohydrate foods.
Cinnamon and sleeping
Since 2011, there is no scientific evidence that cinnamon helps to bring about sleep state. The smell of cinnamon, however, has been clinically proven to increase alertness and lower blood pressure, especially in people who drive, according to a 2009 study in the North American Journal of Psychology. Although this study recommends that cinnamon soothes you more when you smell it than when you taste it, at the same time it also shows that it is better to avoid cinnamon milk before going to bed, because instead of it coming to you sleep, will have the opposite effect by making you more alert.
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