Did you wake up and can't go back to sleep? This is an unconventional nutritional remedy for insomnia. Have you ever suddenly woken up, only to see a glowing alarm clock striking 3:00 in the morning and you can't go back to sleep?
If so, you are not alone. Forty-two percent of Americans reported waking up in the middle of the night, with 29% finding it difficult to get back to sleep, according to a research study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation. That's why there are prescription drugs that not only help you sleep, but that make you turn to them whenever you can't sleep. So many people struggle with this and don't know how to go back to sleep.
Why are you waking up?
There's a reason why your eyes pop open at 3am. You're stressed. It means that you are literally having a biochemical reaction to excessive amounts of stress hormones floating through your poor sleeping body.
In a healthy body with a healthy metabolism, hormone levels go through moderately highs and lows throughout the 24-hour cycle - known as circadian rhythms. When you have a stressed metabolism, natural spikes in stress hormone levels skyrocket to abnormal heights, initiating a stress response. When this happens at night, it seriously disrupts sleep patterns, often causing you to wake up, leaving you programmed to never go back to sleep.
Sugar and Salt for insomnia?
This remedy is a lifesaver for those who suffer from not only the inability to fall asleep, but the inability to stay asleep. Believe it or not, something as simple as a hit of sugar and salt could send stress hormones into a normal cycle and help you get back to better sleep.
Independent health researcher Matt Stone explains how this works in his book, Eating for Heat:
“The salt and sugar mixture is an absolute must for stressful situations at night. In insomnia between 2-4 am, accompanied by a sensation of excess adrenaline circulating through the system (adrenaline spikes at this time), salt and sugar under the tongue is the only way to go. You don't want to be chewing on anything, wandering around the house looking for food, opening the fridge and staring at the bright lights in hopes of falling asleep again, and so on. You want to continue being without stimuli as possible Keep the sugar / salt mixture next to the bed for easy, mindless access until you stop having awakenings in the middle of the night. "
How to use sugar and salt for insomnia?
Despite all the vilification of these two substances in conventional and alternative food establishments that don't know the difference between pure sugar and salt and processed sugar and salt, sugar and salt are undeniable critical nutrients. Everyone knows that you cannot live without an amount of sodium and glucose (sugar) in your body.
But what many people are still in the dark about is the fact that these two nutrients are critical in managing a healthy metabolism. These are the nutrients that keep your stress hormones in check, and allow cells to do their job, which is to take fuel and produce energy. That's what metabolism really is - how well your cells are able to generate energy for your body to function optimally.
Sugar and salt act as "batteries" for the cells - glucose provides direct fuel to the mitochondria, while a balance of sodium in the intercellular fluids allows for proper cellular respiration and energy production.
But both of these nutrients are also powerful nutritional tools in stress management - sugar signals the body to shut down the production of stress hormones that are putting a serious brake on your metabolism, keeping you from sleeping at night. Salt is also essential in maintaining a homeostatic state in which adrenaline does not get out of control.
So if you can think of using both nutrients as therapeutic tools to handle stressful situations due to a reduced metabolic state, they shouldn't seem so scary anymore.
And no, sugar does not cause hyperactivity, especially if it is raw sugar. That is a myth. When used as a nutritional therapeutic tool in this way, it has precisely the opposite effect.
The therapy is by taking a small amount of a sugar and salt mixture, - like medicine, under your tongue whenever your sleep is compromised. Give it a try and draw your own conclusions.
This is what you need:
· 5 tablespoons organic cane sugar (not bleached and coarse).
· 1 tablespoon Sucanat / rapadura / panela / piloncillo / atado dulce / tapa de dulce or chancaca (this is completely unrefined cane juice, with all the minerals intact).
· 2 teaspoons of real sea salt.
Put the mixture in a bag or a small container and shake well. Sucanat has a tendency to separate from the rest, which is why Sucanat alone cannot be used - the salt goes to the bottom and does not "stick" with the Sucanat granules. But you do add a nice flavor and a bit of a mineral boost, too. You can add more salt, if you can handle the situation. Matt recommends a ratio of salt to 1:05 sugar, but if it seems salty to you, experiment to see what works best for you.
Now, place this mixture on hand next to your bed where it can be easily reached in the middle of the night. It can be used before going to bed to de-stress and ready for sleep and when you wake up at night.
To use it, simply hold a small spoon nearby and extract a little bit (before shaking a bit), then let it dissolve under the tongue to get directly into the bloodstream. You really only need a little pinch. You can even just dip a finger into the mixture by wetting it and then licking it, and it works too.