Soy milk was originally consumed only by people who were lactose intolerant. Frankly, no one else wanted to drink soy milk at first. The taste was sour, lingered for hours and left a slimy feeling on the tongue. Today, however, the taste of soy milk has improved immeasurably, and it is commonly consumed by both people who can and cannot digest lactose. The plant-based drink is seen as being healthier than cows’ milk. It is lower in fat and cholesterol, which helps with managing weight, but it is also a drink that could help you sleep. Like almonds, soy milk is rich in tryptophan which helps produce melatonin. Soy products also contain isoflavones that may help ease sleep problems in postmenopausal women.
If you are too hungry to settle for simply a glass of milk, pour soy milk over a small bowl of cereal for a good late night snack. Just be sure that the cereal you choose has little to no sugar in it. Grape Nuts or plain Cheerios work well at night–Frosted Flakes, not so much.