In a recent conversation with Nashville Kat, I mentioned that I'm still having a tough time adjusting to going to bed & getting up so early. She mentioned "Sleepy Dust", a sugar salt combination. I'll be honest, I didn't give it a second thought… that is until I was hit with another sleepless night. So there I was at 1am and still wide awake. I did what any sane (??) person would do, I googled "sugar salt sleep." Lo & behold, several things popped up.
The first one on the list - http://butterbeliever.com/how-to-fall-back-asleep/
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."
Oh, what the heck (I thought). I'm in this far, now to figure out what is in "Sleepy Dust."
Here's what you need:
5 Tablespoons organic cane sugar (I like this kind as it's not bleached or heavily refined, and is fair-trade)
1 Tablespoon sucanat/rapadura (this is completely unrefined sugar cane juice, with all minerals intact)
2 teaspoons real sea salt
Now the chances of me having or finding these ingredients in my kitchen at 1am are nil. So I made substitutes! I just used regular sugar & regular salt… Just kept the 3:1 sugar salt ratio.
According to what I read, you just dissolve a pinch of the mixture under your tongue at bedtime. They also suggest that you keep it at your bed side and anytime you wake up in the night, take another pinch.
I will say, in the few days that I've tried this, I feel like I am falling asleep faster. Even if I only gain a few extra minutes of sleep, these days it's worth it.