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Salt and insomnia

knight
One of our presenters told me she had been using drinking a couple of glasses of water and putting some Celtic sea salt (since that has the minerals that more processed salts lose) under her tongue to help her go to sleep, which I have also found recommended here.

I thought about it and realised I probably did not have much salt in my diet. I eat little bread, not much cheese, do not salt my food and have a fair bit of grilled meat and steamed vegies. So I had a couple of anchovies before going to bed a couple of nights running and have been sleeping much better. I also have not been getting that late-night craving hunger.

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kirieldp
May. 16th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
Depending on what is causing the insomnia, iron and vitamin b can also help.
erudito
May. 17th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
Ta
Given my diet, I suspect I get plenty of Iron and Vitamin B, but I will keep it in mind if the problem recurs.
quatrefoil
May. 16th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
That's interesting. I just got my blood pressure checked and it's too low - 92/76 - the doctor told me to eat more salt.
erudito
May. 17th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
Times change
The whole "too much salt" thing can from the Western diet historically being over-loaded with salt. Which is why refrigeration was such a great thing for life expectancy, it meant far less reliance on salted food.

And it is still easy to eat way too much salt. Still, if you eat a more "natural" diet, one can also end up with not enough salt in the diet, as I apparently was.
catsidhe
May. 17th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
Re: Times change
My mum has the opposite problem: she has Ménière's disease. Effectively, her body is attacking her middle ear, as it did to her mother, but the good news is that the crippling vertigo goes away once you're more-or-less completely deaf (and the destruction is done).

Something to do with the hairs in the cochlea.

The upshot is that mum is under medical advice to eat as little salt as possible, as this slows the progression. She effectively can't eat out any more, and she has become much more adapted to food which most of the rest of us wouldn't even be able to taste.

Still sucks, though. And there is a hint that it might be hereditary... :-(
drwally
May. 17th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
There's a reason Roman soldiers were paid in salt...!
ihlanya
May. 18th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
Interesting concept! I eat very little salt and I battle to sleep. Although I had surgery recently to remove my colon and my surgeon said to increase my salt intake.

*ponders*

I don't think my boyfriend would apprciate me eating anchovies before bedtime.... :D
(Anonymous)
May. 26th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
That's very interesting. I've just found out I have low blood pressure and was going to ask my doctor whether I should increase my salt intake to prevent brown-outs.

Would be nice though if the salt helped my sleep as well as curing the dizzies! Thanks for sharing this tip.
(Anonymous)
May. 12th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
salt and insomnia
I had insomnia and found I had to be on pins and needles all day monitoring my activities, especially food. My osteopath told me to put salt in a little water before bed and voila! I am sleeping! It works.
(Anonymous)
May. 12th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
salt and insomnia
Check out the book Your Body's Many Cries for Water. Web site www.watercure.com.
erudito
May. 12th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
Re: salt and insomnia
Thank you for the tip! :)
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