Who doesn’t love an amazing sleep hack! From time to time, or often… we can all use a little help getting a cozy, deep, restorative sleep. Here is a list of the best sleep hacks that I have found. I have used all of these at various times and had wonderful results. You might find that one works better for you than others.
A Spoonful of Honey and a Pinch of Salt– In a podcast interview with Weston Price Foundation co-founder Sally Fallon, I heard her mention that a bit of honey and or a pinch of salt before bed could help you sleep deeply. I was fascinated that something so simple could have an impact on my sleep, and sure enough it helps me every time. For more sleep information provided by the Weston Price Foundation, you might enjoy this podcast.
Banana Rolled in Salt and Raw Cashews – Christa Orrechio who has The Whole Journey” is a wealth of fabulous information on healing using food as medicine to address the root cause. According to Christa, “The perfect nighttime snack for this is half an organic banana rolled in Himalayan pink salt with a handful of raw cashews. It will give you a full array of sleep-assisting vitamins and minerals you need to feel calm enough to drift off to sleep and stay asleep throughout the night. Our clients call this snack “Nature’s Prozac”!” For more information on this hack and her other sleep tips, check out her page here.
Reishi – Four Sigmatic Reishi Elixir is used by many people as a way to wind down and have a restful sleep. According to the company’s website “After a day of cruising around, Reishi can help you settle down without the hangover from sugar or alcohol. It’s known as the Queen of mushrooms, once reserved for royalty. And that’s exactly how you’ll sleep.” I have used this many times mixed into an evening cup of tea. I often combine it with some tulsi, ginger, or honey and a splash of coconut milk.
Light Exposure in the Day – This topic deserves numerous blog posts in itself as light exposure is being increasingly recognized as a superpower for our health. That said, for a simple sleep hack, get outside and expose your eyes to natural light as close to when you wake up as possible. This will signal to your body that it is time to be awake so that later on, when you want to go to sleep, your body will be ready. One other note here, watch your blue light exposure in the evening. Blue light inhibits melatonin production which can really disrupt your sleep!
Magnesium – You have probably heard of more people taking a magnesium supplement. There are less minerals in our depleted soils which leads to less minerals in our food, including magnesium. “Healthy magnesium levels protect metabolic health, stabilize mood, keep stress in check, promote better sleep, and contribute to heart and bone health.” I would check with my doctor here, because there are a few forms of magnesium and figuring out the right amount and form for you is ideal. I include magnesium citrate, magnesium glycinate and magnesium hydroxide in my supplement routine via various forms. If this sounds complicated and you want an easy way to get magnesium then an epsom salt bath soak might be just the thing for you.
Essential Oils – Diffuse essential oils in your bedroom as you fall asleep or as you wind down for the night and you might find yourself drifting off peacefully and deeply. There are a number of therapeutic essential oils for sleep support, some of which include: Lavender, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Chamomile, Bergamot and Cedarwood.
Trace Minerals and B12 from Standard Process – My functional health doctor recommended this supplement for me and this is the biggest game changer in my sleep, and as a side benefit it seems to really affect my tooth health too. I had to mention it because how it helps me, but since it is dosed specifically for me, I am not sure that this is as general of a hack as the others listed above.
Happy sleeping and I hope that some of these work for you too!