How Honey Affects Sleep

Recently, our readers have been asking about the effects honey has on sleep:

  • Can honey help you stay sleep?
  • Does honey help you fall sleep?
  • Will honey help you sleep better?

With a variety of pharmaceutical options on the market to turn to for insomnia,good sleep after consuming honey trouble falling or staying asleep, is there a more natural alternative?  Some of the pharmaceutical options come with unwanted and dangerous side effects our readers want to avoid. 

So what’s the buzz on honey and sleep….

The first note to make is the common thread found throughout the many articles and research papers we looked through: Quality honey is important – raw, unadulterated, unpasteurized, high quality honey is best.

Our research first found Dr. Ron Fessenden, MD, MPH, who states that honey promotes restorative sleep in two ways. First, it ensures an adequate supply of liver glycogen for the night fast. 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.  Second, honey facilitates restorative sleep 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.  

Next, we found Dave Asprey and the Bulletproof Diet.  In his article, "The Top 6 Ways to Improve Your Sleep Using Food", David found that during the night, your brain uses a lot of energy. One efficient form of brain energy comes from sugar stored in your liver, called liver glycogen. Your brain uses glycogen stored in your liver.[2] So, having a little extra sugar before bed can help your brain function better at night.  

benefits of honeyThere is some support for honey before bedtime from specialists in the sleep industry as well.  According to clinical psychologist and board-certified sleep specialist Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., also known as "The Sleep Doctor," a teaspoon of raw honey about 30 minutes before bed can keep you full, thereby enhancing your snooze. "It can actually keep blood sugar somewhat stable," he notes on the mindbodygreen podcast.

Before brushing your teeth for bed, consider treating yourself to a spoonful of honey and see if you experience a better night sleep!  We recommend our Bee Chill Honey.  It’s 100% Raw, USA honey infused with terpenes to help create a sense of relaxation.  

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