There are many home remedies for insomnia. Honey and apple cider vinegar combine into easy-to-make tonic that will help improve sleep quality.
The importance of quality sleep cannot be overstated — from keeping your appetite in check to regulating your blood pressure and cholesterol, the proper amount of sleep ensures your body is functioning at its best. If you’re troubled with insomnia and inadequate sleep, read on to learn the benefits of vinegar for insomnia.
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. People with insomnia may experience difficulty falling asleep or waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep.
Insomnia can be caused by a variety of factors including stress, pain or mental disorders. Stress can result from a variety of sources such as difficulty with school, social issues, family issues or changes to your regular routine like moving or changing schools. Insomnia can be short-term, but it can become long-term if the underlying cause is not addressed or healthy sleep hygiene is not employed.
How Does Vinegar Treat Insomnia
For centuries, vinegar has been used as a remedy for insomnia, as well as a disinfectant and antibiotic. Apple cider vinegar, in particular, is used more often than regular white vinegar for the amino acids inside that help combat fatigue and for its better taste. As an acid, apple cider vinegar helps regulate digestion and break down fatty acids, and release tryptophan.
Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that regulates growth and synthesizes proteins. It is not produced by the body and is absorbed through nutrients and food, and is the only substance the body can convert into serotonin. When levels of serotonin are high, your mood and sleep improves. Serotonin is also used to make melatonin, a hormone that helps to control your sleep and wake cycles and to promote sleepiness.
How to Drink Apple Cider Vinegar for Insomnia
Author of “The Healing Powers of Vinegar,” Cal Orey recommends 2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with honey as an effective tonic to treat insomnia. This honey & vinegar tonic can either be taken with a spoon or mixed with water and consumed as drink an hour before bed.
Honey compliments this tonic as a natural, healthy and side-effect free remedy for insomnia. Much like sugar, honey causes a rise in insulin, which releases serotonin, a neurotransmitter that improves mood. The body converts serotonin into melatonin, which as mentioned above, is a chemical compound that regulates the length and quality of sleep. The key difference is in honey’s gradual production and controlled release of insulin, which avoids those sudden spike and crashes of energy caused by pure cane sugar.
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