Preparations with honey solve insomnia and how much sleep is really enough
The optimal number of hours spent sleeping depends on many factors and age. For example, babies and young children need the most sleep (from 12 to 17 hours a day because growth hormones and other hormones important for proper psycho-physical development are secreted in this condition). The adolescent’s body needs 8 to 10 hours of sleep a day, while the adult population shortens that number between 7 to 9 hours of sleep a day. This is not a necessary rule because every person needs sleep depending on both their health and lifestyle. For example, people who exert themselves excessively during working hours and are exposed, for example, to intense sports activities, may have an increased need for sleep. It is important to have quality and undisturbed sleep. For that, it is necessary to fulfill certain conditions, i.e. not to eat abundant and fatty food before going to bed, nor to consume coffee and alcohol. It is recommended to sleep in a darkened and quiet room with the optimal temperature and on an anatomical mattress and in airy clothes.
Sleep is a biological need that allows the body to regenerate and invigorate for the next day. The body is then passive but the brain is not passive. The brain is most active at night because it analyzes and stores the necessary information and discards the excess collected during the previous day. That is why not every person should disturb this dynamic, which is sometimes not possible. Statistics say that a larger number of the adult population suffers from some kind of sleep disorder or insomnia, which causes fatigue, irritability, headaches, and difficulty concentrating. Excessive intake of caffeinated beverages can also cause insomnia or stress. A full stomach or an empty stomach can also cause insomnia.
Preparations with honey have a relaxing effect and encourage sleep.
Dinner in the late hours is not recommended because the metabolism then slows down, so a feeling of heaviness in the stomach and other digestive problems is possible. The optimal time for dinner is around 6 or 7 p.m. If a person still goes to sleep later, it can happen that the body uses a larger amount of glucose from the ingested food. This sugar is the main source of energy that the brain uses to restore function. Then it is desirable to eat one tablespoon of honey if the meal was not enough or energy was expended before going to bed. You can drink a milk drink with a little honey because it replenishes energy reserves and the brain gets “food” to work smoothly during the night. This will prevent night waking sometimes caused by hunger. Honey stimulates sleep and causes a slight increase in insulin in the blood, as a result of which the amino acid tryptophan enters the brain more easily. There it is further converted to serotonin which is converted to melatonin crucial for the regulation of the sleep and wakefulness cycle. Therefore, it is desirable to sleep in a dark room for this process to be successful.
- Heat one cup of milk and add a little Ceylon cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg before boiling. Add one small spoon of homemade honey and stir. Drink half an hour before bed.
- Pour one tablespoon of chamomile flowers with one cup of boiling water. Add one tablespoon of linden honey and drink an hour before bed. You can also prepare a relaxing bath with the addition of a few drops of lavender essential oil.
- Place the desired amount of oatmeal in a bowl. Soak well with the juice of freshly squeezed apples from organic farming. Add one banana and one tablespoon of honey. This is a great meal in the evening that encourages sleep.
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