Did you know honey helps you sleep? Yeah, I was skeptical of this too when I first heard about in the book The Honey Revolution, but I tried it anyway and it works for me.
Most people are essentially sleep deprived. Don’t sleep your life away but, trying to make things happen with less than 5 hours sleep will catch up to you. Take it to the bank, lack of sleep will give your lifespan a haircut. You’ve heard the drill, most folks need 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night to keep functioning at a high level, well... it’s true, so stop fighting it in the name of getting sh!t done. You’ll get more done if you’re well rested. I learned that the hard way, not I aim to get a good nights sleep.
There are three ways a spoon full of honey, in my case Kick’n Honey, helps you snooze a little better.
1. Fuel. Your brain needs gas during sleep. Honey provides easy to access fuel for the brain. Honey has a nice way of restocking your livers glycogen. Low levels of glycogen tell your brain - it’s time to eat. If you haven’t eaten in several hours before sleep, this “hunger signal” can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night and sleep less soundly.
2. Melatonin. Honey tells (helps) your brain to release melatonin. The magic hormone that your body system uses to restore itself during sleep. All of this happens in a series of chemical transformations in your brain - Honey’s mild sugar spike, increase insulin levels, releasing tryptophan, which become serotonin, which become melatonin. Melatonin is your brain’s response to darkness. It helps with the timing of your circadian rhythms. Meltonin is vitally important to sound sleep.
3. Satisfies - the evening sweet tooth. Totally understand the desire for something sweet at night but, for a good night’s sleep, the last thing you need is a bowl of ice cream. That sugar high, then crash will wake you up at 3am just about like clockwork. Makes me feel a little hung over in the morning. Kick’n Honey adds more flavor to the mix that seems to just tell my taste buds, I’m satisfied, the cravings stop... it’s time for bed.
Bottom line, if you wanna get serious about sleep (and you should) you need to make a “sleep plan”, call it a check list if you like. Eat supper early, dump the nightlight and darken the room, cool it down too, even crack a window during the winter, no blue light after 8p, prayer and meditation, be thankful for your amazing lot in life and have 1 or 2 spoonful's of Kick’n Honey.