In my first post about the use of bedtime honey to improve sleep, I included a graph that showed my legs suddenly got much stronger when I started the honey. I measured how long I could stand on one leg (bent). I had been doing this four times per day (left leg twice, right leg twice) for a long time to sleep better.
A reader of this blog named Nile McAdams found bedtime honey caused him to get stronger, too. He measured arm strength.
Soon after my legs got much stronger I reduced my one-leg standing from four/day to two/day to save time. The improvement stopped, but the gains persisted:
Note the logarithmic y axis. Each point is a different day, an average of the first left leg stand and the first right leg stand of that day.
The graph shows I am much stronger with half as much effort. As I said, the strength improvement has also been easy to notice in everyday activities, including walking, stair climbing (I live on the top floor of a six-floor walkup) and bike riding.
I have been unable to find research that shows a similar effect. Judging by a 2010 textbook, exercise physiologists don’t know about it.