Raw Honey is great for those looking to get a better nights sleep. It can definitely improve the quality of sleep as well as promote restful sleep.
Raw honey differs from ordinary honey because of its natural healing properties which have not been destroyed by heating and filtering, the process ordinary honey goes through.
The main reason raw honey is so beneficial for your sleep is that it contains an ideal ratio of fructose to glucose (1:1), which is exactly what the liver, an organ that works while you sleep, needs to restore and detoxify your body while you rest.
Manuka raw honey, with its unique anti-bacterial properties, being 4 times more powerful than ordinary honey, not only ensures a restful sleep, but helps destroy any infection that might be developing in your body.
Raw Manuka Honey Before Bed
Honey promotes sleep in two ways:
Keeps liver full
Eating honey before bedtime re-stocks the liver with glycogen and ensures getting through the night before the brain triggers a crisis search for fuel, which would normally wake you up. While you rest, your liver breaks down the toxins that are stored in fat cells, and in the process improves your metabolism.
Promotes melatonin production
Honey helps you sleep well by contributing to the release of melatonin in the brain. Melatonin is necessary for restorative sleep. Often called the “wellness hormone,” it helps to enhance immunity and facilitate the rebuilding of tissues during rest. Not only will it help you fall asleep faster, it will also heal you quicker and revitalize you for the next day.
According to a 2006 study, our bodies are kept more wakeful when our stomachs are empty, and more relaxed and ready to fall a sleep when our stomachs are full. This means that having a light meal at bedtime may actually promote quality of sleep. This is one of the key principles followed by those on the Mediterranean diet. And if that light meal includes some raw Manuka honey, you’ll sleep like a baby.
Raw Manuka Honey, Metabolism, and Restful Sleep
Manuka Honey is an excellent natural healing agent and in addition to its other many benefits, it can be used as a sleep aid. However, you have to make sure that it’s “active” ie that it’s been tested and verified to be UMF10+ or higher. Only Manuka honey above the grade 10 is considered to be suitable for therapeutic use.
Raw Manuka honey is one of the most unique and beneficial types of honey in the world. The high content of amino acids, vitamins and minerals, combined with powerful anti-bacterial properties, helps soothe the nerves and support natural healing.
Taking 1 or 2 spoons of raw Manuka honey before bedtime will provide sufficient glycogen necessary for restful sleep. Glycogen is important because if your liver runs out of it, your brain starts triggering stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenalin to convert protein muscle into glucose.
Manuka honey with its soothing and health-promoting properties is an excellent remedy for insomnia because it helps fuel the brain, so the metabolic stress during sleep is reduced.
You can take it in warm milk or tea, or eat it straight from the jar.