Have you ever woken up suddenly only to see a glowing alarm clock reading 3:00 in the morning and you can’t fall back to sleep?
If so, you’re not alone. 42% of North Americans reported waking up in the middle of the night, with 29% finding it difficult to fall back asleep, according to a research study done by the National Sleep Foundation. These statics explain why there are so many prescription drugs out there that aren’t just sleep aids, but getting-back-to-sleep-aids. It’s seems so many people struggle with this and don’t know how to fall back asleep.
For as long as I’ve known Mike he has great difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. It’s not uncommon for him to wake-up 2-3 times in the middle of night. In an effort to help him I started doing some research and what I discovered is pretty amazing, so if find yourself waking up in the middle of the night struggling to get back to sleep and stay a sleep, then I have a solution for you.
What’s the solution? Believe it or not, it’s something as simple as sugar and salt and it’s earned the name as the Sleepy Dust.
Let me explain…
There’s a reason why your eyes snap open at 3 am—you’re stressed! I mean literally, you’re having a biochemical reaction to excessive amounts of stress hormones floating throughout your body that’s trying to sleep.
In a healthy body with a healthy metabolism, hormone levels cycle moderately through highs and lows throughout the 24 hour cycle—what’s known as your circadian rhythms. When you have a stressed metabolism, natural peaks of stress hormone levels spike to abnormal highs, initiating a stress response. When this happens at night, it seriously disrupts sleep patterns, and often causes you to wake up—often leaving you so wired up that you’re unable to fall back asleep.
Something as simple as a hit of sugar and salt can send those stress hormones packing, and get you back on track to a better night’s sleep.
Independent health researcher, Matt Stone, explains how this works in his book, Eat for Heat:
“The salt and sugar mixture is an absolute must for nighttime stress events. For wakeups between 2-4 am, accompanied by a feeling of excess adrenaline circulating through your system (adrenaline peaks at this time), salt and sugar under the tongue is the only way to go. You don’t want to be chewing anything, wandering around the house looking for food, opening the fridge and looking at bright lights when hoping to fall back asleep, and so forth. You want to remain as unstimulated as possible. Keep the sugar/salt mixture by the bedside for easy and thoughtless access until you stop having middle-of-the-night wakeups.”
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 nutrients are also powerful nutritional tools in managing stress—sugar signals the body to shut down the production of the stress hormones which are putting a serious damper on your metabolism, and keeping you awake at night. Salt also is critical in maintaining a homeostatic state in which adrenaline does not spike out of control.
The therapy usage as inspired by Matt’s advice in Eat for Heat, is taking a small amount of a sugar and salt mixture straight up—like medicine—under the tongue, whenever your sleep is compromised. Hence why it’s earned the name of “sleepy dust!”
Mike started this last week and it seems to be working like a charm.
SLEEPY DUST Recipe:
5 tbsp. Organic Coconut Cane Sugar
2-3 tsp. sea salt
Mix and place in an air-tight container. Before bed take a pinch and let it dissolve under your tongue. Do this everytime you wake up in the night too!
Try it out and let me know if it works for you.