Drink 1/2 Cup at Night to Sleep like a Baby


Check out this updated video with even more tips on how to use kefir to sleep better at night.


Previous Video on Kefir:

0:00 Introduction: How to sleep better at night
0:30 What is kefir?
0:55 How kefir helps you sleep
1:32 Kefir vs. yogurt
1:45 Benefits of kefir for sleep
3:30 Other kefir benefits
3:45 Tips to sleep better
5:55 Make sure you can always find unfiltered health information by signing up for my newsletter!
6:17 Learn more about how kefir can help you sleep!

Let’s talk about what kefir is and how it can help you start sleeping better. This is an updated version of a video I did on this topic, with additional tips for better sleep using kefir.

Kefir is a fermented drink. There are about five times the beneficial microbes in kefir than in yogurt. Kefir has a combination of friendly bacteria and yeast—it even has friendly candida.

There are definitely benefits to consuming yogurt, but kefir may be even more beneficial—especially to help you sleep at night.

The microbes in kefir can survive the stomach acid, but the microbes in yogurt can’t. Kefir is a probiotic that helps provide the precursor to melatonin and helps lower cortisol.

A certain strain of microbe that’s in kefir helps increase oxygen and blood flow in the body, which helps you get better sleep. The microbes in kefir also make vitamin B1, an essential vitamin for reducing stress and anxiety. Vitamin B1 also helps support the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes rest and healthy digestion.

Kefir helps you absorb certain minerals like calcium and magnesium. These two minerals are wonderful to support sleep. Kefir may also be easier to digest for people with sensitivities to milk.

Other potential health benefits of kefir include:
• Helping with allergies or asthma
• Balancing cholesterol
• Reducing bloating or constipation
• Supporting the immune system

Tips for using kefir to sleep better through the night:
1. If you’re doing intermittent fasting, consume kefir at the end of your last meal rather than right before bed.
2. Consume sheep or goat milk kefir if possible.
3. Buy raw milk kefir if possible, or consider making your own kefir from raw milk.
4. Get plain whole milk kefir—not low-fat kefir.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis and intermittent fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals®. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! Try these tips to sleep better at night. I’ll see you in the next video.


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  1. @classyvxbe on October 28, 2023 at 10:04 am

    It’s always a good day when dr berg uploads a video. Thanks Dr 🙏🏽

    • @Drberg on October 28, 2023 at 11:29 am

      Glad you enjoy my videos! Thanks for watching!

  2. @male4u1982 on October 28, 2023 at 10:22 am

    Hi Dr. Berg, so many thanks for your wonderful and insightful videos. Just wanted to ask if coconut water kefir also has the same benefits as milk kefir. I used to have milk kefir but felt uncomfortable after taking the same so I switched to coconut water kefir.

    • @ladyhotep5189 on October 28, 2023 at 11:53 am

      Why like the comment but not answer the question

    • @male4u1982 on October 28, 2023 at 12:24 pm

      Might be a video coming on the same 😉

    • @taminot2teki359 on October 28, 2023 at 3:17 pm

      I think that he liked your comment because he agreed that you made a great choice and all the thumbs up think so too. I didn’t know that there was a coconut kefir… I’m going to check it out.

    • @munozkelly6278 on October 29, 2023 at 4:29 am

      Maybe he doesn’t know some doctors R dumb and unlicensed.

    • @male4u1982 on October 29, 2023 at 4:38 am

      @@munozkelly6278 of you don’t trust him, don’t see his posts. Noone forced you to do so. I have seen his info working..so I trust him. You have your own choice.

  3. @MrYFM2 on October 28, 2023 at 10:32 am

    I have been consuming Kefir right after dinner every night for the past 2 1/2 weeks now, and I can confidently say that my sleep has most certainly improved quite a bit. As a matter a fact, as I’m typing this, I actually just woke up from a good night’s sleep with zero interruptions at all, and I feel much more recharged than before. A HUGE thank you to Dr. Eric Berg for his knowledge and insightful videos! Kefir has become one of the best investments I have ever made in my entire life so far.

    • @TheReminderChannnel on October 28, 2023 at 11:16 am

      Amazing! Do you make your own kefir or do you buy a ready made one from the store? If you buy from the store, which brand do you buy? Thank you 🙏

    • @jansmith3158 on October 28, 2023 at 1:09 pm

      you can buy kefir at most grocery stores.

    • @ellymeikle5906 on October 28, 2023 at 2:20 pm

      @@TheReminderChannnel – I buy Maple Hill organic kefir at Whole Foods store.

    • @Drberg on October 28, 2023 at 2:23 pm

      So glad to hear that! My pleasure!

    • @SupportAI309 on October 28, 2023 at 2:31 pm

      The drug industry wouldn’t like it as their sleeping pills would be piling up in the warehouse

  4. @andreavalentina3685 on October 28, 2023 at 10:49 am

    I remember having candida (not recognised by the EU as an illness), being depressed, not being able to sleep and consuming kefir. It was as if light was invading my retina. Suddenly everything was brighter my depression start to go away and I could sleep and eat again. This food is a blessing.

    • @davonc7973 on October 28, 2023 at 11:30 am

      Where do you buy your keifer

    • @jansmith3158 on October 28, 2023 at 1:13 pm

      @@davonc7973 you can buy kefir at most grocery stores in the US one brand is Lifeway (somthing like that) it’s $5-6. You only need to drink 1 oz when first starting to get your. gut use to the new bacteria. then you can add a little more.

    • @natashamudford4011 on October 28, 2023 at 1:56 pm

      @@davonc7973 I’ve bought kefir at Aldi’s and Walmart Neighborhood Grocery Store. It’s in the dairy section. This video is confusing, as it depicts kefir as something chunky, but it’s like thick milk or heavy cream. It’s in a bottle that you can drink straight from, but I tend to not want an entire bottle at one time, so I pour it into a glass that I can easily scoop clean with my finger, so as not to waste any. When the bottle gets low, I add water and shake it up, then drink it or add it to a smoothie. I don’t want to waste any of those beneficial critters, just because they’re sticking to the inside of the bottle.

    • @davonc7973 on October 28, 2023 at 2:00 pm

      @@natashamudford4011 so you basically drink between 3-4 oz at a time? Does it help with candida in your opinion 🤔

    • @natashamudford4011 on October 28, 2023 at 2:18 pm

      @@davonc7973 I don’t know if it helps with candida. It probably does help to straighten out an unbalanced gut microbiome. I just watched a video by Dr. Mindy Pelz released today, she was reviewing different oils to include in the diet, and when she was talking about MCT oil, she said it has anti-fungal properties and was good for treating candida.

      I tried CandiClear5 years ago, it seemed to work for me. It includes some kind of zeolite powder that was chalky feeling and hard to gag down, and I have some leftover. I don’t remember the exact protocol, but it seems to have gotten me over systemic candidiasis. I don’t crave sweets anymore.

  5. @matthewtan6583 on October 28, 2023 at 11:03 am

    Dr. Berg, hope you’ll do a nutritional comparison between Icelandic Skyr and Kefir. Thanks for your Educational Health Videos.

  6. @wm9312 on October 28, 2023 at 12:02 pm

    I started drinking Kefir in June 2022 after watching the first video. I noticed a difference in my digestion overnight.
    In 1 month (with no other changes to diet) I lost 5 lbs.
    After 3 months of drinking kefir, I started eating Sauerkraut and Kimchi.
    After about 1 year I have gone from using 6 rolls of toilet paper per month to 4.
    My weight has gone from 218 down to 205

    • @jordanhenegar on October 28, 2023 at 6:04 pm

      Suggestion: get a bidet, you’ll go from 4 rolls to about .5 per month and feel cleaner afterward 🙂

    • @wm9312 on October 28, 2023 at 7:56 pm

      thinking about it@@jordanhenegar

    • @mosesCordovero-uw5vw on October 28, 2023 at 8:24 pm

      thanks for sharing your toilet paper information

    • @rockstarofredondo on October 28, 2023 at 9:27 pm

      I lost several pounds without even trying after getting back on raw milk, which also has probiotics and digestive enzymes.

    • @mr.gregory6768 on October 29, 2023 at 2:36 am

      Started eating Natto in addition to what you are eating as well. Lost a pile of weight.

  7. @FabriceTerrade on October 28, 2023 at 12:11 pm

    Making your own kefir is so simple and cheap. There are tons of videos on YouTube on how to make it. I’ve been making my own since the last video on it and I can attest to all the benefits Dr Berg states in this one. (I mix a tablespoon of nutritional yeast with some stevia in mine for added B vitamin and I think it’s delicious) Thanks Doc!

    • @kirtipartap9997 on October 28, 2023 at 12:49 pm

      Please share a link

    • @jansmith3158 on October 28, 2023 at 1:14 pm

      Mary nest chan has how to make kefir: water kefir, cow/goat kefir, coconut kefir. she is excellent see her vids on raw sauerkraut and fremented veggies this is another way to add good bacteria to the gut see dr berg vids.

    • @alert1006 on October 28, 2023 at 1:35 pm

      You are correct, It’s great. I was making my own kefir, but I had to stop because it produces so much I can’t consume it all. And altough I made kefir cheese with it, It became a waste. I wanted to give it away, but no one wanted it. It amazes me how uninformed most people are.

    • @SoundofSilence492 on November 1, 2023 at 12:15 am

      Thanks, it’s way too expensive to buy and consume daily. I have a yogurt maker I haven’t used in decades at the back of the closet think I will see if I can somehow incorporate it.

    • @foziaataullah6120 on November 4, 2023 at 3:48 am

      @@alert1006omg same here have been buying in store but used to make my own

  8. @sheridansherr8974 on October 28, 2023 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you Dr Berg! Your advices are helping me a lot! My health improved greatly after I applied them. You provide masses of helpful information and really save lifes! 💖🍀👍👍👍

  9. @andrewmcfarland57 on October 28, 2023 at 1:27 pm

    I’ve been doing this for the year since the last video like this, and can attest with complete assurance that this works. Additional thoughts:
    1) add nutitrional yeast for a B-Vitamin double whammy. 🙂
    2) if you buy prepared kefir from the grocery store, get the UNSWEETENED variety; most are ruined by a bunch of added sugar (like most other modern foods.)
    3) once you’ve taken it, lights out and stay still in bed (use a sleeping mask if you have to sleep in a light environment.)

    • @hamster1zombie170 on October 28, 2023 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks for your feedback 👌🏼😀👌🏼

    • @verokaht6495 on November 28, 2023 at 5:59 pm

      Can you recommend the kefir you mentioned?

  10. @lanameadhbh6464 on October 28, 2023 at 4:56 pm

    In my area, we can’t imagine life without kefir. we even have kefir-based soup. Greatings from Lithuania ❤ 🇱🇹

    • @jerispring on October 29, 2023 at 4:55 pm

      Could you please give us a recipe for the soup?

    • @lanameadhbh6464 on October 29, 2023 at 5:12 pm

      @@jerispring For the soup:

      200 g | 7 oz boiled & cooled beetroot (about 2 medium beets)
      100 g | 3.5 oz cucumber (about 2 large pickling cucumbers, fresh
      6 spring onions or 10 green onion leaves
      2 hard-boiled eggs
      1.5 litres | 3 pints kefir
      Bunch fresh dill
      Juice of ½ a lemon (optional)
      Salt to taste
      For the side dish:

      200 g | 7 oz potatoes

    • @DivineLightPaladin on October 30, 2023 at 4:52 am

      Labas from USA!

  11. @staystrong6566 on October 28, 2023 at 5:30 pm

    Didn’t know that Kefir has such a good effect on sleep. I live in SE Europe – Kefir is available everywhere. We didn’t like it in childhood as it has specific taste. Now I would do anything to get back my sleep 💤.. Thank you dr Berg!

  12. @tandrahill302 on October 28, 2023 at 5:51 pm

    My mom would make what she called “Sweet Milk”. She would warm some milk on the stove add a little Karo syrup to it. It was delicious and we went to sleep. As an adult, I found out it’s good for constipation. I will definitely look into Kefir because I have insomnia and gut issues.

  13. @fariskasumovic1512 on October 28, 2023 at 6:14 pm

    Can we just say how beautiful this man is, not only are all of his videos short and informative, but he gets to the point and there’s no need to ask for questions. Dr. Eric Berg you are a legend, thank you for all your videos.

    • @hamster1zombie170 on October 28, 2023 at 9:06 pm

      Agreed! – great post 👏🏼 👏🏼

    • @KellyP_ on October 31, 2023 at 4:40 am

      He is a gem!!

    • @heightsfynest6023 on November 6, 2023 at 10:30 am


    • @margaretstarnes945 on November 13, 2023 at 10:31 pm

      Whole hearted agree. Love it.

  14. @margaretgibbs1007 on October 28, 2023 at 6:48 pm

    Yesterday about one hour before bed, I ate home made kefir sprinkled with a little glycine powder and some home bottled fruit. The glycine powder is sweet and my kefir is very strong tasting and unsweetened. My sleep score on my Oura ring was 93!

  15. @blancabenavides6496 on October 28, 2023 at 7:41 pm

    The best content I’ve seen on youtube and yes I’ve seen other videos of yours Dr. Berg and it seems to get better and better. I love to hear anything that has to do with the gut bc people like me need to hear natural remedies for whatever ailments we have. Keep up the good work. Blessings 😊

  16. @OlGa-dh6xo on October 28, 2023 at 9:21 pm

    Thank you so much Dr Berg! I have been cultivating my kefir for 15 years and consuming it with my children. I didn’t know about all that you said, know I realize the benefits!

  17. @RobCLynch on October 29, 2023 at 12:38 am

    I watched a video about kefir on this channel, many months ago and since then, I have a small glass of Kefir after each of my two meals (I fast 19 hours each day). The results have been amazing and my digestion has significantly improved. Kefir was the final piece of the health jigsaw.

  18. @michaeleccher4068 on October 29, 2023 at 2:08 am

    Aerobic and anaerobic, very good info. Thank you Dr. Berg, If been hooked on this stuff since the first video. I’ve been giving a TBS to my diabetic dog after her homemade meal at night. And her health has shifted miraculously. She also has hypo-thyroidism and her fur is LITERALLY growing back in the places it was weak, and falling out!❤❤❤

    • @agatadziedzic-dean3961 on November 1, 2023 at 12:45 am

      I would love to hear how do you feed your dog @michaeleccher4068.
      My dog tends to prefer home made food and I am considering to make food for him exclusively at home

  19. @eddysgaming9868 on October 29, 2023 at 3:29 am

    I had never heard of kefir until I subscribed to your channel. My wife and I both suffer from sleep difficulties, so this may help.
    Thank you, Dr Berg.

    • @reneebrooks2722 on November 7, 2023 at 7:40 am

      Can you post your experiences?

    • @wifi_soldier5076 on December 9, 2023 at 6:20 am

      Did it help?

  20. @geraldcronin9700 on October 29, 2023 at 1:04 pm

    I’ve been making and drinking Kefir everyday for years. I never heard of it helping your sleep. I usually have it as a dessert. Sometimes with strawberries, blueberries and raspberries blended in with a immersion hand blender with a tiny bit of Swerve added. I’ve never fermented it with a lid but used a paper towel held in place with a rubber band. I use a lid when it is in the refrigerator being stored until I make the next batch or to keep the previous batch fresh. I tried using raw milk and it gave me the most explosive diarrhea I’ve ever had and I’ve prepped for three colonoscopies in my life. Since then I don’t experiment with any other type of milk than the highest quality pasteurized, homogenized (but not ultra) whole milk I can find.

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