Millions of people have difficulties in having a good night’s
sleep. Insomnia is the inability to sleep either regularly at night.
Reasons for insomnia vary such as:
Daily stressors e.g. jobs, relationship issues,
And much more
For generations mothers have given their children a glass of
warm milk to help them sleep, but is there any complementary
medicine research that supports this age-old practice.
Milk has been shown to contain several beneficial bioactive
peptides that support healthy and natural sleep cycles.
These short chain amino acids known as bioactive peptides
has a sedative effect and brings about sustained sleep
These bioactive peptides act on the brain’s GABA-
A receptors. The main role of GABA is to calm the nervous
system. The body’s main excitatory neurotransmitter
(Glutamate) is most active during your waking hours.
However, when you fall asleep brain Glutamate levels
decrease and GABA levels increase. So any agent that
induces GABA levels will facilitate a great restful night’s
The advantage of these milk peptides, of course, is that they
induce relaxation and sleep without the side effects
associated with long-term use of sleep medication.
Milk has been advocated for sleep for thousands of years in
traditional medicine system of Ayurveda. Ayurveda suggests
that chronic stress depletes ojas. Ojas is a precious
substance that is produced in the body from the subtle level
of digestion which is related to vitality and immunity. Ojas can
be found in several types of food, however the main form of
ojas is present in milk.
A recipe designed to boost ojas level and support healthy
sleeping pattern is one that is listed below. For individuals
whom do not consume milk, alternatives of coconut and
almonds can be used instead.
First, bring one cup of milk to boil. During the simmering
procedure add the following ingredients;
chopped dates (1 tbsp)
chopped almonds (2 tsp)
coconut meat or flakes (1 tbsp)
saffron (1/2 tsp)
ghee (1-2 tsp) and
cardamom (1/8 tsp).
Each of these ingredients in this ancient recipe adds further
health enhancing properties which have also been proven in
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