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Busted! 6 Truths About Childhood Myths

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Warm Milk Will Put You to Sleep


While it's true that milk contains tryptophan, a sleep-inducing amino acid, the amount is so small that you'd have to drink gallons of it in order to for it to have any kind of effect. In fact, tryptophan alone won't automatically put you to sleep — it needs the help of insulin-producing foods, like those high in carbohydrates, to have any effect. However, although warm milk won't technically put you to sleep, including it as part of a bedtime routine can help children to relax and, in turn, feel sleepy.

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