How to Make Honey Remedies to Help You Fall Asleep, Stay Asleep and Never Wake Up Tired Again

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Honey Remedies to Help You Sleep

While many ancient traditions include honey remedies as a sleep aid, only recently has sleep science begun to preach the virtues of the practice.

As Mike McInnes, Scottish pharmacist and researcher, notes, honey aids sleep in three primary ways:

  • Assists in release of melatonin, the hormone that helps naturally regulate our sleep cycles
  • Ensures liver glycogen stores – which helps prevent an early dose of two important stress hormones, cortisol, and adrenaline, both of which can wake you prematurely
  • By stabilizing blood sugar levels.

McInnes refers to the process by which this works as the honey-insulin-melatonin cycle, and notes the following steps:

  • Honey’s glucose moves from the gut into the liver and then into general circulation, resulting in a mild glucose bump.
  • The resulting blood sugar elevation prompts a controlled insulin release from the pancreas.
  • That insulin then drives tryptophan to the brain.
  • Once there, the tryptophan is converted into serotonin, putting the body at ease.
  • Serotonin is also converted to melatonin by the pineal gland.
  • That melatonin helps activate a regulated sleep cycle, by which it also helps regulate insulin release (keeping blood sugar stable) and promotes the release of growth hormone, necessary for physical recovery to our physiology.
  • That growth hormone release results in repair and maintenance of body systems, including bone, muscle, and tissue.
  • REM sleep, triggered by the melatonin release, helps consolidate memory, thus backing up short-term memory in the long-term memory centers of the brain cortex.
  • Simultaneously, the liver converts some of the honey’s glucose into liver glycogen, thus sustaining the brain over the sleep fast.
  • Similarly, this sustained glycogen supply keeps the stress hormones – which are frequently responsible for waking us from our sleep – from being released.

As a result, honey makes a fantastic sleep aid – and is regularly recommended as an additive to any nighttime beverage, including tea, hot milk, or even hot water.

Via: Healthy & Organic

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