Sleep may be an everyday activity, but very few people give it much thought. Even those who suffer from sleep loss may think that’s it’s quite normal.
The truth is that sleep plays a big role in overall health, and getting too much or too little can have a huge impact on your well-being. So is there a good sleep remedy to get you the right amount of sleep?
How Sleep Affects Your Health
Lack of sleep can have horrible repercussions on your health.
In 2011, the European Heart Journal’s (1) reviewed 15 medical studies involving almost 475,000 people and discovered that individuals with a shortened sleep cycles had a 48% increased risk of developing or dying from coronary heart disease. They also found that these people were also at a 15% greater risk of developing or dying from stroke.
This is because sleep is your body’s recovery period.
In fact, better sleep can lead to (2):
- Better sex life
- Less pain
- Lower risk of injury
- Better mood
- Improved weight control
- Clearer thinking
- Better memory
- Stronger immunity
How To Get Proper Sleep
Sleep quality is directly linked to lifestyle habits and health. Distractions like cell phones, computers and televisions before bed has been proven to diminish sleep quality (3).
The key to a good night’s sleep is winding down and relaxing 30 minutes to an hour before bed. This can be done through yoga, a good book or a nice warm bath. There are many great ways to lull yourself into a restful night’s sleep.
Natural Sleep Remedy
This simple, two-ingredient recipe is your key to getting a great night’s sleep. It will help your body relax and regroup from the day, and prepare itself for the next morning.
- 5 teaspoons of organic raw honey
- 1 teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt
- Mix these two ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Store it in a glass jar, keeping it in a cool, dark place.
- To use, put a little bit of this mixture under your tongue before bed and let it dissolve naturally.
Why It Works
By the time you go to bed after your last meal, your body will have consumed half of your liver’s supply of glycogen. And because sleep is energy-driven, the more empty your glycogen stores the harder it will be to sleep.
Honey triggers a small spike in insulin levels, and insulin stimulates the release of tryptophan in the brain. Tryptophan is converted to serotonin, which is then converted to melatonin (sleep hormone).
The combination of honey and salt increases serotonin, a key hormone in happiness and relaxation. Himalayan sea salt contains more than 80 minerals and elements that your body needs for different processes, aiding your body in recovering from the day.