That drink you've been seeing everywhere may help you catch some zzz's.

By Renee Cherry
June 13, 2018

By now, you're probably unfazed by the out-of-this-world novelty foods and drinks popping up in your social feeds. You've likely seen bevs in every shade of the rainbow, decorated with glitter, served in avocado skins, and with Picasso-level portraits done in latte foam.

The latest trendy sip, however, won't grab your attention with its appearance, but rather with its wellness perk. Moon milk-a warm, milk-based drink-is meant to help you fall asleep. The drink comes from the longstanding Ayurvedic tradition of drinking warm milk to induce sleep, but it's been gaining popularity. Pinterest reported a 700 percent increase in searches for moon milk since 2017. (Related: This Adult Bedtime Story Is the Best Sleep Solution If You Hate Meditation)

The best part? You don't need to follow a specific recipe or do anything crazy to whip up some moon milk; you can pretty much wing it. To make moon milk, you just heat your choice of milk and add extras for flavor, health benefits, and-let's be honest-IG potential. You can find moon milk recipes with everything from turmeric and edible flowers to CBD oil.

How, exactly, does moon milk help you fall asleep? It's likely more about the ~coziness~ of it all versus straight science. Hot milk is one of the most commonly used drinks to promote sleep-yet one 2003 study suggested that warm milk actually reduces the ability of tryptophan (an amino acid that encourages sleep) to enter the brain. It's more plausible that the psychological effects of drinking it can make you feel tired. However, if you swap your usual milk for soy, it might actually help you sleep. Soy milk is higher than dairy milk in magnesium, and including enough magnesium in your diet can help ward off insomnia.

Picking the right add-ins can up your moon milk's zzz-factor too. For a simple sleep-inducing tonic, stir in some honey: It may reduce your brain's production of orexin, a neurotransmitter that's associated with wakefulness. Another common add-on is adaptogens. ICYDK, adaptogens are the class of herbs and mushrooms that are thought to offer major health benefits. Their potential superpowers include reducing stress, fighting fatigue, and keeping your body's hormones in balance. For moon milk, you might consider adding ashwagandha, which has been shown to reduce stress, or holy basil, which has been associated with a calming effect. (See: 9 Adaptogens That Might Boost Your Fitness Performance Naturally)

Once you've gotten your hands on your health-boosters of choice, moon milk is super easy to pull off-and you'll be hooked. Who wouldn't take a pretty, soothing drink over counting sheep?


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