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What is the best way to go to sleep? I sometimes can't get to sleep and I stay up for ages. Do you know any methods that can help you sleep. The only method the works for me is listening to rain.

asked Jul 21 '10 at 18:02

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A cup of warm milk is no magic sleep potion, yet it is probably the most common food associated with bedtime. Milk contains two substances that are known to be related to sleep and relaxation, the hormone melatonin and the amino acid tryptophan.

It contains tryptophan (same stuff in turkey---why you basically go into a food coma after Thanksgiving dinner) and the warmth of it raises the body temperature enough to trigger the slowdown response your body gets on a warm day (think: lazy days of summer).

The amount of melatonin in a glass of milk is minute, much less than what would be taken in a supplement. The amount of tryptophan in milk is also small. In addition, our digestive process is complex. Considering these factors, it is unlikely that a glass of warm — or cold — milk would shorten the length of time that it takes to fall asleep.

Though milk components and serving temperature are not likely to influence the onset of sleep through physiological means, warm milk might have psychological significance. I mean, it's all in the mind. You call it the "placebo effect."

The routine of consuming a glass of warm milk may elicit memories of mom, home, and comforts of childhood that help us to relax. This is part of the natural transition from wakefulness to sleep.

Many Sleep improvement tips are related to the shift from a hectic daily schedule to a state of relaxation. Recommendations include practicing stress reduction techniques, sticking to a regular sleep schedule and not taking morning naps, creating a relaxing bedroom environment, and avoiding caffeine or heavy meals close to bedtime.

For some individuals, particularly those with lactose intolerance or milk allergies, a glass of milk can be followed by uncomfortable digestive consequences. Lactose reduced, soy, almond, and rice milk are options that are more likely to be tolerated.

If you have no allergy or intolerance, and warm milk simply grosses you out, you could try flavoring it with a bit of honey, vanilla, or cinnamon, but there is no reason that you need to continue attempting to use it as a sleep aid. Keep drinking your cold milk, to meet your daily calcium needs, and try other sleep improvement techniques.

So, if I was asked if it cures insomnia. I'd say, "No." Some people, not all, respond favorably because of the amino acid tryptophan in it but it is not a cure for insomnia or anything.


answered Jul 21 '10 at 19:58

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edited Jul 21 '10 at 19:58

I have three methods;
1. I imagine myself in a video game.
2. I count. But sometimes that doesn't work. Once, I got so bored and dedicated to it, I counted to 10 thousand.
3. Sometimes just laying down and closing my eyes in a weird position, like with my legs stretched out, and my torso turned over on it's side with my arms crossed under my head, I sleep like a baby. I also like sleeping om my stomach. Don't know exactly how it works, but positions help me big time. Lol,

answered Dec 06 '10 at 00:17

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Just relax and you will fall asleep in short time.

answered Dec 06 '10 at 17:08

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Sex. Nothing quite puts a guy to sleep like a good lay. Well, any kinda' lay--good or bad. ;)

answered Dec 05 '10 at 23:25

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I'm not sure if that's the kind of stuff that should be on here...

(Dec 06 '10 at 11:39) HHBones HHBones's gravatar image

I almost always go to sleep with a three episode playlist of either futurama, simpsons or family guy on, i usually fall asleep durring the first one, but i have the two others there as back up. Sometimes the episodes which i have put on affects my dreams.

answered Dec 06 '10 at 00:35

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My go to movie used to be Empire Strikes Back. Maybe it should be again so I'll actually sleep.

answered Dec 06 '10 at 02:14

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