Having trouble staying asleep?
Midnight waking is a problem that affects many adults, particularly adults with high stress levels. Their minds and bodies struggle to switch off and stay asleep, so they wake up wired, and cannot fall back to sleep. According to alternative medicine, the problem lies in a misfiring adrenal system and low metabolism. To shut off the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, sleepy dust is recommended.
What is sleepy dust?
Sleepy dust is a mixture of salt and sugar. The combination of glucose and sodium chloride (from the sugar and salt respectively) are said to restore homeostasis (cellular harmony) and stop the stress response. Sleepy dust is made at home and kept next to your bed. The dose is a small sprinkle under your tongue on midnight waking.
How do you make sleepy dust?
- 5 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon of sugar cane juice
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
Alternative folk cannot agree on the best kind of sugar/salt but agree that the purer the better, so try and get it as close to raw as possible... travel to KZN, grab a stick of sugar cane and harvest some sea water?! Apparently white sugar and salt are bleached baddies so your finished dust should resemble the picture above and not a white powder. Some suggest making sleepy syrup replacing the sugar and sugar cane juice with honey or molasses instead.
What does the science say?
Sleepy dust has not been well researched. It's popularity rests on the stories of others who have tried it and are sleeping better. It may work as it restores low blood sugar levels (which may cause waking), causes a spike in insulin which is required to fall asleep (as eating any snack will) and it also gives you something simple to do when you wake - just knowing what to do and not fearing waking will make you feel less anxious and therefore help you sleep better.
If you try it out, let us know how it works for you.