How Can Raw Honey Help You Sleep?

How Can Raw Honey Help You Sleep

Raw honey in warm organic milk releases a natural substance called serotonin, which helps you sleep.

Insomnia is described as difficulties in falling, or staying, asleep.

According to a report published by Aviva last week, 38% of adults in Britain suffer from insomnia.

Sleep problems contribute to a number of health problems including weight gain, anxiety, low mood, low energy, stress and high blood pressure.

Dr Doug Wright, Medical Director at Aviva, comments, "The last few moments before bed can be crucial in determining how restful our night’s sleep is."

How Can Raw Honey Help You Sleep?

Avoiding caffeine in the evening, reducing screen time at night and eating or drinking the right foods before bed all help achieve a good night's sleep.

Research shows that having foods rich in the amino acid tryptophan helps you sleep.

Tryptophan causes the body to release natural chemicals that relax the mind and help the body sleep.

A 1991 study by the University of Gottingen, Germany, found that tryptophan had a "significant sleep-inducing effect" on humans.

How Can Raw Honey Help You Sleep?

Foods rich in tryptophan include nuts, fish, chicken and milk.

But eating foods rich in tryptophan at bedtime does not by itself induce sleep.

Tryptophan has to first be "activated" by entering the brain. This is where raw honey comes in.

Raw honey causes a controlled rise in insulin in the body, unlike processed sugars.

This controlled rise in insulin allows tryptophan to enter the brain and induce sleep in the body.

Commercially processed supermarket or pasteurised honey does not have the same effect. It has to be raw honey.

Raw honey also contains the natural sugars fructose and glucose which "feed" your brain throughout the night, helping you stay asleep.

For best results, we recommend taking a teaspoon of raw honey mixed in a glass of warm, not hot, organic milk.

How Can Raw Honey Help You Sleep?
Organic milk is free of hormones that upset the body's natural processes.

The milk should be warmed first before the honey is mixed in. Raw honey must never be heated in a microwave.

Raw honey is deactivated at temperatures above 45C so we recommend that the milk is warm, not hot.

Thicker honeys are better suited for sleep purposes, than runnier honeys.

From our range, we recommend the Raw Organic Rivera Gum Honey or the Raw Organic White Velvet Mesquite Honey as best suited for mixing into warm organic milk at bedtime.


1. "UK adults missing out on 11 hours sleep each week", Aviva UK, 25 October 2018
2. Hajak, Goeran et al. “The influence of intravenous L-tryptophan on plasma melatonin and sleep in men.” Pharmacopsychiatry 24 1 (1991): 17-20.

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