Insomnia Cure

December 22nd, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Healthy Habits

When I was pregnant with Maxine, I struggled with insomnia regularly.

I use to get up in the middle of the night and watch two or three episodes of CSI on DVD before schlepping myself back upstairs to dream about working in the crime lab with Gil Grissom. I’d also have that common pregnancy dream where you can see through your belly like a fish bowl. Except I’d be dusting the fish bowl for finger prints.

I did this routine for a while, until someone suggested a warm milk concoction that reduced my CSI consumption from three episodes down to feeling sleepy during the first episode before the plot could twist or I might be suspecting that the sweet baby in the fish bowl was actually the perp.

I’ve dealt with insomnia here and there in the past, and now it seems to have returned with unpredictable frequency.

These days I almost look forward to those nights that I’m tossing and turning, all because I recently remembered this awesomely delicious fix for not being able to fall back to sleep!

Insomnia Cure Ingredients

Warm milk is supposed to contain tryptophan that will help lull you to Dreamland, but I just discovered that’s actually a myth!

Well thank you Placebo Effect for all that you do for us.

Warm milk + vanilla + your sweetener of choice tastes incredibly similar to a warm vanilla milkshake. This is the combo I use to use, but lately I’ve been swapping out vanilla extract for a bag of my favorite sugar cookie holiday tea.

Snowman Mug and Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea

Tis the season for Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride and your favorite snowman mug that gets dragged out with the holiday decorations every year. You know, that same mug the spiders sleep in all summer long.

Warm your milk, maybe 1 or 1 1/2 cups.

Milk Warming

Since we now know that warm milk/tryptophan thing is just a myth, I see no reason cow’s milk couldn’t be swapped with almond milk, hemp milk, coconut milk or even water with some white food coloring.

I whisk whisk whisk mine with a fork, standing there to prove that other urban legend about a watched pot never boiling is also FALSE. A watched pot definitely does boil. I’m totally getting the Nobel Prize in Chemistry this year for figuring that one out.

Whisk Whisk Whisk

Whisking also helps keep away that weird skin milk gets when you heat it up.

Mmmmm. Milk skin.

Pour near boiling milk into your cup with your sugar cookie tea bag.

Warm Milk Pour

This is not rocket science, yet I felt compelled to take a picture to demonstrate.

Add some sweetener if you like. I’ll even skip the pic on that step.

Serve your creamy dreamy drink with your middle of the night showing of an episode of Modern Family, Season 2.

Warm Milk Sugar Cookie Tea with Modern Family

You’ll be sleeping again in no time, snoozing like you’re totally innocent and have no evidence to destroy or a body to hide.

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4 Responses

  • Cutest mug ever! :) I haven’t tried sugar cookie tea, I’m intrigued.

  • Kerry says:

    I’m so glad I have a sore finger, I’d never have found this site otherwise. I’ve just laughed my way through a few of your post (good laughing though, not the bad kind…is there a bad kind?) and I intend to go off and laugh through some more. I’m going to avoid the food posts though, it’s midnight and having already read about sme of your tasty breakfasts I’m tempted to leap out of bed and raid the fridge! So yeah, very glad I have a sore finger :o)

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