If you’re having trouble falling asleep, then honey is the real and fast-acting solution for you! We all know that honey can be beneficial in treating coughs as over-the-counter commercial cough syrup, but studies have shown that it can also improve the quality of sleep as well.
That’s because raw, organic honey contains an ideal ratio of fructose and glucose, which support the liver – an organ that constantly works during the sleeping process.
Honey promotes sleep in two ways:
1. Keeps the liver full
Honey ensures an adequate supply of liver glycogen (the liver stores glucose as glycogen) for the night. The human liver can store only about 75 to 100 grams of glycogen, with differences between men and women and according to body size.
The body spends about 10 grams of glycogen per hour (6,5 grams by the brain and 3,5 grams by the kidneys, heart, and red blood cells). If you eat dinner around 6:00 pm and go to bed around 11:00 pm, your body will probably spend about half of the liver’s glycogen supply, leaving you with less than needed for 8 hours of rest.
Eating honey before bedtime supplies the liver with the needed glycogen and ensures getting it through the night before the brain triggers a crisis search for fuel (glucose), which would normally wake you up.
2. Release of “sleeping hormone”
Honey promotes sleep by contributing to the release of melatonin in the brain. Honey triggers a small spike in insulin levels, which stimulates the release of the amino acid tryptophan in the brain. After that, tryptophan is converted to serotonin, which is then converted to melatonin. Further, melatonin inhibits the release of insulin, which in turn, stabilizes the levels of sugar during the night.
Melatonin is important for restorative sleep. Often called the “happy hormone,” it helps to improve immunity and promote the rebuilding of tissues during rest. This not only will help you fall asleep faster, but it also heals you faster and revitalizes your body for the next day.
Other benefits of honey
Honey’s benefits don’t begin and end with sleep. Here are some of the natural benefits of raw, organic honey:
- It is a natural anti-bacterial agent with wound-healing properties, historically used in emergency medicine for its ability to fight infection.
- Often used in organic shampoos and soaps, honey has been proven to effectively fight inflammatory acne.
- Honey is a novel antidiabetic agent, reducing blood glucose levels and generally being more easily tolerated than other sugars.
- A natural antimicrobial, honey has shown significant potential in dealing with drug-resistant bacteria, and possibly even reversing antibiotic resistance.
For better effect, use this sleeping potion
To relax your body and mind before bedtime, try this “sleeping potion”. Just mix together the ingredients below and take them right before you get into bed.
- 1/2 tablespoon of raw, organic honey
- 1/4 teaspoon of Himalayan salt or sea salt
- 1/2 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil
Coconut oil is beneficial right before you get into bed because it is rich in fat, which gives your body constant energy throughout the night. Plus, it will prevent you from waking up hungry. The fats from coconut oil also prevent your blood sugar and insulin from spiking, which is often a cause of sleeping problems. The nutrients in coconut oil provide your body with nutrients that allow your body to produce optimal amounts of sleep hormones.
On the other hand, salt(sodium) is another important ingredient that helps reduce the stress hormones in your body. When you have enough sodium in your bloodstream, the body’s response to stress is reduced and your body won’t produce as much cortisol or adrenaline. Sodium helps your body remain in a homeostatic state so that your adrenaline won’t spike in the middle of the night and wake you up. Moreover, salt increases the levels of the hormone oxytocin, which also helps you feel calm and relaxed.
By combining these three ingredients, you will receive the benefits of all of them, helping you to fell asleep and stay asleep throughout the whole night.
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