If you have trouble achieving a good night's sleep, there's probably not a whole lot you wouldn't try to ensure some quality shuteye on the regular. But if your journey exploring supplements, meditation apps, and other recommended techniques has not yet included a certain turmeric-spiked beverage before bedtime, you could be missing out on a potentially game-changing solution. In fact, wellness experts have been weighing in on why drinking golden milk at night may or may not be beneficial and the results just may surprise you.
If you happen to follow the latest wellness trends, you probably have already heard about the various ways that turmeric can boost your health. And if somehow you haven't, take the word of Dana Kofsky, a Los Angeles-based wellness expert/stylist and founder of healthy lifestyle service Wellness Styled. "It's an antioxidant powerhouse which helps reduce inflammation in the body," she explains. "It can help regulate blood sugar levels, aid in kidney function, help with digestive disorders, reduce the risk of cancer, improve cognitive function, and support the body's detoxification process." In other words, it makes the body function better all-around.
According to Kofsky, those aforementioned benefits also might mean that consuming turmeric can help you sleep better at night and wake up feeling more alert. That said, in addition to being a great coffee alternatives in the morning for those who prefer to limit their caffeine intake, golden milk has recently become a go-to nightly drink for many wellness devotees. But is it right for you?
"I always suggest to noticing how your body feels with it and without it," Kofsky says of trying any new supplement or wellness product. "For some people, drinking something warm before bed can soothe them while for others, they may not do as well drinking liquids before bedtime." Therefore, it may benefit you to conduct a little experiment before committing to a regular practice just because someone you know of said it worked well for them. Listen you your body and note any changes.
Kofsky also mentions that many golden milk mixes and pre-made drinks have one ingredient that might not be the best to drink before bed. In addition to a list of spices that often includes black pepper, cinnamon, and ginger, some recipes also include sugar or honey. "I would suggest having it without added sugars avoiding any blood sugar spikes," she says.
As for an approved version of the trendy beverage to try out for a natural sleep remedy, Kofsky shares that a combo of unsweetened almond milk (or another non-dairy option if you happen to have a nut allergy), ground turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, and a little vanilla will not only taste great, but could help soothe your body and prepare it for a more restful night — without a sugar crash. And because golden milk doesn't necessarily have sedative properties specifically, if drinking it at night doesn't work for you, you can also sip any other time of day to reap the rest of the health benefits without experiencing an energy slump.