Moon Milk Could Rival Your Best Sleep Tactics

After a long day, all you want to do is change into sweats and plop down on your bed. Your body is ready to veg, but your mind is still racing. It doesn’t help that we’re checking our phones in bed, overstimulating ourselves right before we expect our minds to shut off. It’s ok to admit if you need a little help falling asleep. When you don’t feel like taking medication, give warmed moon milk a try. It’s like a hug from grandma.

This Healthy Goods recipe for moon milk suggests using an unsweetened nut milk with nutmeg, ashwagandha, honey, cardamom and other spices. Ayurveda, which is one of the oldest systems of natural healing in the world, looks to warmed milk as a remedy for sleep. In Ayurvedic Indian tradition, ashwagandha powder is added to heated milk along with honey as a sleep aid. The combination of nutmeg — which is a known as a natural sleep aid — and ashwagandha — which is an adaptogen that is said to help your body deal with stress — make a perfect sleep cocktail.

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Another style of moon milk is made with tart cherry juice. Aside from the tart juice adding a fun pink aesthetic to your bedtime drink, cherry juice is a natural source of melatonin, which helps to control your sleep and wake cycle. This pink moon milk recipe uses almond milk, tart cherry juice, honey, ashwagandha powder and edible rose petals for a finishing touch.

Warm milk is thought to be one of the most common sleep remedies out there. While it’s not proven that the milk itself will directly help you to fall asleep, there’s a psychological aspect to drinking warm milk that can rival your best sleep tactics. Warm milk can remind you of your childhood and it pretty much feels like a hug from a loved one. If you’re looking for a new natural sleep remedy, try one of these moon milk recipes and see if you still need that glass of wine before bed.