Having trouble falling asleep? Fall asleep faster with honey. A fast-acting and beneficial sleeping solution. We all know that honey can be as effective in treating coughs as over-the-counter commercial cough syrup, but studies have shown that it can also improve quality of sleep as well.
According to Dr. Ron Fessenden, who researched claims that honey improves sleep quality on his blog, raw honey contains “an ideal ratio of fructose to glucose,” to support the liver, an organ that works non-stop, during the sleeping process.
Here’s more details on how taking one or two teaspoons of raw honey before bedtime can help you sleep better.
Honey Promotes Sleep In Two Ways
1. Keeps Liver Full
First, it ensures an adequate supply of liver glycogen for the night fast. The average adult liver can store only about 75 to 100 grams of glycogen, with differences between men and women and according to body size.
The body will consume about 10 grams of glycogen per hour (6.5 grams by the brain and 3.5 grams by the heart, kidneys, and red blood cells). When one eats dinner at 6:00 pm and goes to bed at 11:00 pm, the body will have utilized up to half of the liver’s supply of glycogen, leaving less than needed for eight hours of rest.
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.