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Recharge Your Batteries: Tips for A Full Night's Sleep
Getting a full night’s sleep can be difficult for a lot of people. Whether your bladder makes you get out of bed or you wake up at 2:00 a.m. thinking about the cliffhanger on the latest episode of your favorite show, know that you are not alone. According to a sleep study 42% of Americans wake up in the middle of the night and either find it difficult or can’t fall back to sleep. What if there was a cure for this? Rest assured (pun intended), we have this cure.
The reason for the midnight wakeup is due to high stress levels and an hormone imbalance. This is primarily due to an unhealthy metabolism. If you eat irregularly or have an unhealthy diet, your body actually gets stressed. A lot of people like to indulge in a nighttime snack, which isn’t a bad thing if you are reaching for the right things in the fridge. Actually, making a smoothie with Spirulina, which is high in protein, and fresh fruits and veggies not too long before bed can help you sleep better and lose weight in the process. That’s right, you can lose weight in your sleep! The direct delivery of amino acids from the Spirulina into your system helps repair your muscles overnight, which burns calories.
If you don’t want to drink a smoothie at night, drinking a shot of wheatgrass is incredible for a restorative night’s sleep. Wheatgrass is a detoxifying agent that helps cleanse the liver, ridding it of toxins. The liver controls hormone function, so wheatgrass helps it do the job. A properly functioning liver won’t lead to adrenaline spikes in the middle of the night. You will not only sleep better, but you will also feel a lot healthier.
While a healthy diet should aid your metabolism, it won’t help everyone sleep through the night. Now, we always say that it’s best to refrain from eating sugar and salt, but a combination of the two can actually help you sleep, so long as you take the appropriate dose in moderation. While salt helps cellar respiration and produces energy, sugar (glucose to be exact) fuels the mitochondria. Together, sugar and salt are like a battery that helps recharge you throughout the night because they manage stress and stop stress hormone production. Stress, which stems from the diet, leads to improper metabolic function.
To make this magic sleep remedy, combine 5 tablespoons of organic cane sugar, 1 tablespoon sucanat (completely unrefined sugar), and 2 teaspoons salt. Please do not consume this all before going to bed. If you wake up in the middle of the night, take a pinch of it and place it under your tongue to dissolve. You won’t need to count sheep because you’ll be dozing off before you know it.