According to the Chinese, if you eat honey every night, you’ll sleep well. People in Europe drank a cup of warm milk with some honey in order to fight sleeping disorders like insomnia. But, people also used numerous other remedies with honey so that they could rest well and properly.
People in Mexico just add 1 teaspoon of honey into a cup of chamomile tea. In other countries people combine 2 teaspoons of honey with a glass of water and some ACV before they go to bed. Plenty of remedies are available throughout the whole world. They are all very effective and help people rest well.
How is honey linked to sleep?
Mike McInnis, a Scottish author and scientist, claims that the remedies prepared with honey will improve our sleep with the help of 3 mechanisms in our body:
The production of melatonin is improved and this helps us fall asleep faster;
Our blood sugar levels are regulated;
The release of adrenaline and cortisol in the morning is limited which helps us have good reserves of liver glycogen for a complete sleep cycle of 8 hours.
This process is called the HYMN cycle, shortened for honey-insulin-melatonin. The process can be started with combining 2 tablespoons of honey with a glass of milk or only 2 tablespoons of honey right before you go to bed.
This is how the complete process looks like:
- The honey contains glucose. It travels from the gut to the liver. It ends in the blood flow.
- When the levels of glucose are increased, they release insulin in the pancreas.
- Insulin stimulates the releasing of tryptophan in the brain.
- In dark areas, this tryptophan becomes converted to serotonin and serotonin relaxes your mind and body.
- The serotonin later becomes converted to melatonin.
- It’s the melatonin which decreases the temperature of our body. The releasing of insulin also stops. It prevents our blood sugar to drop and activates our sleep.
- Melatonin increases the production of the hormone of growth. This is the first step in restorative physiology which appears while you sleep.
- When you sleep, the hormones begin with restorative processes in your muscles, bones and many other tissues.
- The melatonin helps us create the neural cell adhesion molecules and it also affects our memory throughout the REM cycle of our sleep. We need these molecules so that we could process our short-term memories into long-term ones.
- The fructose that comes from the honey has a main role to be converted into glucose when it reaches the liver. After that, it becomes glycogen that supplies our brain with energy throughout the night.
- Fructose regulates the uptake of glucose in our liver and this helps us prevent bigger insulin spikes.
- If your glycogen supply is good, your body won’t need the stress hormones.
These are some of the most beneficial remedies against insomnia:
- Take a cup of linden flower, orange blossom, lemon balm or chamomile tea and put a teaspoon of honey in it.
- Add several teaspoons of honey into a warm cup of milk.
- Squeeze half a glass of fresh orange juice. Fill it with water to the top and combine it with several teaspoons of honey.
- Prepare 1 cup of peppermint tea with a teaspoon of honey.
- Combine 2 oz. of honey with 5 drops of lavender oil. Put this mixture into your bathtub. Soak in this before you go to bed for at least 15 minutes.