The answer is a resounding YES! Warm milk does help you sleep and here is why.
You may have thought of this as an old wives tale passed down from your grandparents, but it is true. Warm milk can help you get a good nights sleep. It is not because of the enzyme tryptophan, but because of some basic ideology.
When you warm milk up, it is soothing and relaxing to drink. It has a tendency to calm you down and help you to relax. Yes, this may be all in your head, but drinking warm milk or warm tea can cause you to relax. When you are relaxed, you have a tendency to want to fall asleep and are able to do it much easier than if you are hyped up or stressed out.
Also, people who drink warm milk do it as a nightly routine. It can have the same effect on a person as a child has with their favorite teddy bear or blanket used for falling asleep. Warm milk is soothing and allows you to fall asleep and feel comforted.
It may be the simple habit of drinking warm milk that establishes a better sleep pattern. The psychological aspect of drinking warm milk is most likely stronger than the actual properties found in milk. It may all be in your head.
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