If you have trouble falling asleep, you’re not alone. Around 60 million Americans are affected by sleeping disorders every year. Tossing and turning in bed doesn’t just leave you frustrated at night, it also makes you cranky through the day. People with sleep disorders aren’t able to function to their full potential during the day. Their productivity at work goes down and they aren’t able to make the most out of their waking moments. Sleeping pills do work, however, many people report feeling groggy after they wake up from a pill-induced slumber. Luckily, there’s an all-natural way to help you sleep better and you probably have the ingredients for it in your kitchen already.
Coconut Oil Sleep Elixir
This sleep potion is completely natural and uses organic, safe ingredients. All you need is a spoonful of this mixture and you’ll be falling asleep in no time at all. It’s very simple to make and has only three ingredients, so you can whip it up in no time at all.
1 tbsp organic cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil
¼ tsp raw honey
⅛ tsp sea salt
How To Make It
1. Mix together the coconut oil and the honey until it forms a smooth paste. Then add the sea salt and mix well. Take a spoonful of this mixture and swallow. You can drink a glass of warm water afterward to wash it all down.
2. You can also first mix together the raw honey and virgin coconut oil and swallow a spoonful of this mixture. Follow it up with a glass of warm water. Then, mix the sea salt in another glass of warm water and drink this up as well. If you wake up sometime during the night, repeat the same process again. You’ll fall right back to sleep instead of tossing and turning in bed.
How Does This Work?
This concoction is so simple to make, but also surprisingly effective. The three ingredients work together in perfect synergy, relaxing your body and mind. Each of them also come with their own sleep benefits.
Oftentimes, the reason why we’re up all night is because our blood sugar isn’t stable. This can give us hunger cravings which can distract us from falling asleep. If you feel hungry in the middle of the night, then you’re probably going to reach for unhealthy snacks. These snacks spike your blood sugar and make it difficult for you to fall asleep. To step out of this vicious cycle, try a spoonful of coconut oil. Coconut oil increases satiety so it won’t keep you up all night with a growling stomach. It can also help keep your blood sugar levels stable through the night so nothing can distract you from a good night’s sleep. Coconut oil is high in monounsaturated fats, which have been found to bring about relaxation. Make sure the coconut oil you’re using is organic and cold-pressed to keep all of its nutrients intact.
Unlike other sweet foods, raw honey doesn’t spike your blood sugar levels. When you ingest raw honey, it provides glycogen to your brain. Adequate levels of glycogen in your brain is crucial for an uninterrupted sleep. When your brain is running low on glycogen, it begins to secrete adrenaline and cortisol. Both of these hormones interfere with your sleep by keeping your body in a permanently alert state. To keep both of these hormones under check, swallow some honey before you go to sleep. Raw organic honey is the best option because it has been minimally processed and has all of its nutritional benefits intact.
Sea salt can increase the secretion of feel-good hormones, which can help you sleep better. When you’re having trouble falling asleep, it could be because stress is preventing you from relaxing. Sea salt helps you let go of your worries and settle into a good night’s sleep.