Posted on Apr 19, 2019, 6 p.m.
Eating sweets before you go to bed can negatively impact quality of sleep, which in turn can affect energy levels and make you feel exhausted the next day. If you wish to indulge that sweet tooth at night the better alternative, which may help you to relax and sleep at night, may be honey.
Various cultures have used honey as food and medicine since ancient times, it is loaded with important antioxidants and natural compounds. True, honey is very sweet and it may sound counterintuitive to eat every day, but the potential health benefits outweigh the drawback by far.
Honey is a healthier choice than sugar, and as a popular insomnia treatment honey may help to promote the body to relax and enhance a deep restful sleep. On a daily basis honey can help to boost vitality and support healthy functions of the immune, digestive, and respiratory systems.
A night time snack with raw honey may start a chain of events throughout the body due to its natural levels of glucose that will boost energy levels, and fructose that will be stored as glycogen in the liver to serve as energy while asleep. Both of these compounds will work together to sustain blood sugar levels; stable blood sugar levels can reduce hunger cravings, meaning you will be less likely to wake up for a late night snack. The moderate spike in blood sugar level can contribute to release of tryptophan that will be converted into serotonin. Serotonin plays a number of roles in facilitating body functions including relaxing the brain and inducing sleep, as well as leading to the production of the sleep hormone melatonin.
The best way to take honey before bed is suggested to be with two slices of lemon in a glass of water mixed with a teaspoon of raw honey. This remedy every night may help to improve sleep, as a plus it will help to detoxify the body, and aid digestive function. Additionally the honey, and lemon even, can be added to a cup of soothing chamomile tea; or you can just directly consume the teaspoon of raw unpasteurized honey before bed.
Besides the raw honey there are other things that help you to drift off into sleepland such as avoiding use of mobile and/or electronic devices before bedtime; avoiding eating large amounts of food; try yoga or meditation; essential oils in a diffuser; and listening to relaxing music.
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