Bit of a strange one this, but I’ve stumbled across a home remedy that people (and by that I mean The Internet) swear is the secret to really great sleep….
I don’t often trust Dr Google (type in bruised toe and you’ll end up with one week left to live…), but in this case, it might be on to something. The reason – apparently – that you (and by that I mean, I) always wake up around 3am is because you’re stressed (no s**t Sherlock). But stay with me…..stress causes the body to release adrenaline. Adrenaline causes your cells to use up glycogen. But hold on a minute, your liver also needs glycogen. So what happens at 3am (the time when your liver regenerates) is that because there’s not enough glycogen, your body releases even more adrenalin which wakes you up and leaves you tossing and turning and thinking about all the mistakes you’ve made and embarrassing things you’ve done and all the things you really need to do, when really you should just be sleeping. Make sense? Well, not completely, but I’m neither a doctor nor great at explaining things, so you’ve just got to decide whether you trust Dr Google on this.
If you do trust Dr Google, this is where Pink Himalayan Salt comes in. Because it contains the exact 84 minerals and elements found in the human body, it somehow, when mixed in a cocktail with 1/2 a glass of orange juice and 1/2 a teaspoon of cream of tartar helps rebalance the body, allowing you to sleep.
So, is it disgusting? I won’t be ordering it in a bar, but it’s not too bad.
Does it work? Sort of. It certainly chills me out, and although I do still wake up on occasion, I feel weirdly well-rested in the morning. Although, word of warning – I had to remove cream of tartar from the mix as the bloating was INSANE.
So there you go. It might be baloney, but it might just work. I think it – to an extent – does. And, if you don’t fancy drinking a salty sleep inducer, then how about bathing in one? Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Himalayan Bath Salts are a dream – you just chuck them in the bath and soak for a while. You’ll be practically comatose when you get out, which is always good when trying to get to sleep….