"Sleep Well, Honey";. Sorry, We Meant Sleep Well with Honey!
The belief that “sleep is for the weak"; couldn't be more wrong. Scientific research has proven that sleep plays an integral part in maintaining our overall well being, not only in terms of physical health but also in terms of mental and emotional wellness. This explains why you feel under the weather the following day; instead of blaming it on missing out your morning coffee, it’s likely to be caused by the lack of sleep the previous night!
However, due to the countless distractions that are around us daily, we are now sleeping less than we once did. Not only that, the quality of our sleep has decreased as well. Continuous lack of sleep will lead to many negative repercussions including weight gain, elevated levels of stress, and lack of productivity.
A Sweet Night’s Sleep with Honey
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night feeling hungry or somewhat uncomfortable? The truth is, while we sleep, our brain remains active throughout the night. The main “fuel” for this brain activity is glycogen, the sugar that has been broken down and stored in the liver for energy. When the brain runs out of glycogen, it will naturally trigger you to wake you up for a refill!
Therefore, if you have been struggling with getting a good night’s worth of sleep, one of the reasons could be because your brain ran out of glycogen. If that’s the case, honey might just be the remedy you are looking for.
Raw honey is known as nature’s golden medicine, and for good reason! A teaspoon of raw honey before bed can help to provide your brain with sufficient glycogen to last through the night without waking you up. The natural sugars in raw honey will raise insulin levels in the body, which in turn assists the body to create serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that produces melatonin – a chemical compound that regulates the length and quality of sleep.
Aside from that, melatonin also enhances the body’s immune system and helps in rebuilding tissues while we rest.
There are multiple ways that you can have your pre-bedtime honey. You can make a cup of warm honey with lemon, use it as a sweetener for tea, or just have it directly from the container!
Not Just Any Honey
For the best results, make sure that you go for raw honey instead pasteurized honey. Pasteurization destroys all the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and all the goodness that are naturally present in honey. All that is left will just be sugar, which will not benefit you in any way. Raw honey is also more effective in producing glycogen compared to processed honey, which also means that you’re less likely to wake up in the middle of the night and disrupt your precious sleep cycle!
It’s amazing how much a spoonful of honey can do for you! If you need a recommendation, feel free to drop by at any of our outlets! We’ll be more than happy to assist you in selecting the honey that best suits your taste and needs! Signing off and wishing everyone a sweet goodnight!