Can’t Fall Back Asleep? “Sleepy Dust”—An Unconventional Nutritional Remedy for Insomnia

Magic sleepy dust! Helps you fall back asleep, naturally. Just 3 ingredients and it really works. Must try!

Have you ever woken up suddenly—only to see a glowing alarm clock reading 3:00 in the morning—and couldn’t fall back to sleep?

(And then that that annoying Matchbox 20 song pops into your head, too? Ugh.)

If so, you’re not alone. 42% of Americans reported waking up in the middle of the night, with 29% finding it difficult to fall back asleep, according to a research study done by the National Sleep Foundation. That’s the reason why there’s even special prescription drugs out there now that aren’t just sleep aids, but getting-back-to-sleep-aids. So many people struggle with this and don’t know how to fall back asleep.

Of course, I’m not exactly a big advocate for pharmaceutical drugs. Especially when there are natural remedies that work better, and without a paragraph of scary side effects attached to the label. This remedy is a lifesaver for those suffering from insomnia—which is not just the inability to fall asleep, but the inability to stay asleep, too.

Why you’re waking up

There’s a reason why your eyes snap open at 3 am—you’re stressed! I mean literally, you’re having a biochemical reaction to excessive amounts of stress hormones floating throughout your poor body that’s trying to sleep.

In a healthy body with a healthy metabolism, hormone levels cycle moderately through highs and lows throughout the 24 hour cycle—what’s known as your circadian rhythms. When you have a stressed metabolism, natural peaks of stress hormone levels spike to abnormal highs, initiating a stress response. When this happens at night, it seriously disrupts sleep patterns, and often causes you to wake up—often leaving you so wired up that you’re unable to fall back asleep.

What’s the solution? Believe it or not, something as simple as a hit of sugar and salt can send those stress hormones packing, and get you back on track to a better night’s sleep.

Independent health researcher, Matt Stone, explains how this works in his book, Eat for Heat:

“The salt and sugar mixture is an absolute must for nighttime stress events. For wakeups between 2-4 am, accompanied by a feeling of excess adrenaline circulating through your system (adrenaline peaks at this time), salt and sugar under the tongue is the only way to go. You don’t want to be chewing anything, wandering around the house looking for food, opening the fridge and looking at bright lights when hoping to fall back asleep, and so forth. You want to remain as unstimulated as possible. Keep the sugar/salt mixture by the bedside for easy and thoughtless access until you stop having middle-of-the-night wakeups.” 

Sugar and Salt? Are you nuts?!

No, I’m not. And neither is Matt.

Despite all the vilifying of both these substances within the mainstream and alternative nutrition establishments, sugar and salt are undeniably critical nutrients. Everyone knows you can’t live without some amount of sodium and glucose (that would be sugar) in your body.

But what many people are still in the dark about is the fact that both of these nutrients are critical in managing a healthy metabolism. These are nutrients which keep your stress hormones in check, and allow your cells to do their job, which is to take in fuel and produce energy. That’s what metabolism actually is—how well your cells are able to generate energy for your body to function optimally.

Sugar and salt act as “batteries” for the cells—glucose provides direct fuel to the mitochondria while a balance of sodium in the intercellular fluids allows for proper cellular respiration and energy production.

But both nutrients are also powerful nutritional tools in managing stress—sugar signals the body to shut down the production of the stress hormones which are putting a serious damper on your metabolism, and keeping you awake at night. Salt also is critical in maintaining a homeostatic state in which adrenaline does not spike out of control.

So, if you can think of using both of these nutrients as therapeutic tools to manage stress events due to a lowered metabolic state, they really shouldn’t seem all that scary anymore.

And no, sugar does not cause hyperactivity. That’s a complete myth. (Google it.) When used as a therapeutic nutritional tool in this way, it has precisely the opposite effect.

The therapy as I use it, inspired by Matt’s advice in Eat for Heat, is taking a small amount of a sugar and salt mixture straight up—like medicine—under the tongue, whenever my sleep is compromised. It’s my special “sleepy dust!”

Both my husband and I have tried this, and did it regularly for a while, and it worked like an absolute charm. But, we no longer have much of a need for it now. We’re both sleeping through the night without issues. Try it out and you’ll see just how quickly it can snap your body out of a hyped-up, adrenaline-filled wired state of mind, into sweet, dreamy sleep!

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How to Make Sleepy Dust

Here’s what you need:

  • 5 Tablespoons organic cane sugar (I like this kind as it’s not bleached or heavily refined, and is fair-trade)
  • 1 Tablespoon sucanat/rapadura (this is completely unrefined sugar cane juice, with all minerals intact)
  • 2 teaspoons real sea salt

Put the mixture in a baggie or a small container, and shake well. The sucanat has a tendency to separate from the rest, which is why you can’t use only sucanat and salt—the salt sinks to the bottom and doesn’t “stick” with the sucanat granules. But it does add a nice flavor, and a little boost of minerals, too! You can add more salt, if you can handle it. Matt recommends a 1:5 salt-to-sugar ratio, but I find that that’s too much salt for me. Experiment to see what works best for you.

Now, keep this handy by your bed where you can easily reach it in the middle of the night. You can use it before you go to bed to de-stress and get ready for sleep, and when you wake up in the night.

To use it, just keep a small spoon nearby and scoop a tiny bit out, then let it dissolve under your tongue, to get it straight into your bloodstream. You really only need a small pinch. I’ve even skipped the spoon and just stuck a wet finger into my little sleepy dust container and licked it off, and that works, too. Puts you back to sleep in no time!

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129 Responses to Can’t Fall Back Asleep? “Sleepy Dust”—An Unconventional Nutritional Remedy for Insomnia
  1. eema.gray says:

    I am making this today. My husband has to get up at 3:30 am to get ready for work and he starts waking every half hour or so beginning around 1 am. Plus, when he comes in to say good bye to me, I get an adrenaline surge and struggle to get back to sleep. Thanks for sharing the formula, hopefully it will help with more consistent sleep. :-)

  2. Rebecca says:

    So, this is intriguing because this describes me so well… via the saliva cortisol test my cortisol levels spike during the night, and that 2-4am window is when my adrenals are working overtime when they aren’t supposed to be.

    I don’t eat sugar though. Can I substitute something else for glucose? Do you have any recommendations? The only sugar I get sometimes is in BBQ sauce or ketchup, etc. Could I use honey and salt?

    Thanks.

    • Rachel says:

      Perhaps the fact that you don’t eat sugar is contributing to your problem. Sugar isn’t as bad for you as you think. Maybe look around Matt’s website or read Eat for Heat.

      • ButterBeliever says:

        Good advice, Rachel. :)

        • Peter says:

          I’m making the recipe as is but just curious what you think about maple sugar or date sugar? scientifically would they work as well as the sucanat and cane sugar?

          • ButterBeliever says:

            As long as it’s a source of real sugars (not stevia, xylitol, etc.), you’re pretty much good. Most alternative sweeteners are primarily sucrose, which is what that “evil” white sugar is composed of. ;)

      • JMH says:

        I wouldn’t use honey; it doesn’t have the same mineral profile. (Keep in mind here, even though we’re talking sugarcane, we’re *not* talking white sugar. It’s closer to molasses. You’re sensible to not be eating white sugar, just like you wouldn’t eat white rock salt.) If you’re really that against it, you could try maple syrup.

    • Katherine Arehart says:

      You can use Xylitol in place of sugar but I agree with this site. Organic, sugar isn’t bad for you. It is the bleached refined sugar that is the problem.

      • ButterBeliever says:

        No, you actually can’t. Xylitol does not provide glucose, and therefore doesn’t support glycogen synthesis, which is the purpose of the sugar. But, yes, there’s nothing wrong with consuming moderate amounts of minimally-processed sugar.

        • Kat says:

          Another blog I just read stated that Xylitol DOES provide glucose because the sweet taste tricks your body into thinking you have consumed sugar and begins the glycogen synthesis. This is the problem with blogs, everyone is expert and they all conflict. I love blogs and the vast amount of things I can learn, but lately all the back and forth (almond flour is good, no- its bad! Xylitol is the way to go, no, wait, its not!) is making my head spin :/

          • ButterBeliever says:

            Consuming a source of glycose, and causing your body to synthesize it are two different things.

            Totally understand the frustrating confusion from all the conflicting info out there. My advice is generally to do your own research and read things from multiple points of view to see what makes the most sense to you. And also to understand that the field of nutritional science is in its infancy–what you read about it at one time can’t always be trusted to hold true 5-10 years later. That’s why I try to base my nutrition choices off of what was working for people before nutritional science was even a thing—real, balanced food.

          • Trina says:

            The problem isn’t with blogs. It’s with people relying on bloggers to explain biology. The experts can’t figure out biology there sure isn’t a blogger who will :) Xylitol does not provide glucose.

    • ButterBeliever says:

      Rebecca,

      Cane sugar is made of sucrose, which is part glucose, part fructose. Honey is also glucose and fructose. But sure, you can certainly take a bit of honey with some salt and it would provide the same benefit, just not as conveniently.

      I second Rachel’s suggestion that perhaps the sugar avoidance is contributing to your hormonal imbalances. Hopefully trying some sleepy dust, (or sleepy honey) will help you sleep better at least!

      • Michele K says:

        I’m gonna try this using Himalayan Pink salt with my local honey… to make sleepy syrup!! I’ll try to remember to post how it works for me! I have family and friends who could stand to benefit from this remedy! Thanx,Butterbeliever for the info and recipe!

  3. Deb says:

    This is something I’m going to HAVE to try…I have this trouble sometimes. I’m wondering if using maple sugar would work in stead of the other two though…although the other two would probably be what my hubby would prefer, I love the maple taste. LOL

    • ButterBeliever says:

      Sure! Give it a try. Like I mentioned, I did try all sucanat and the salt just sank right to the bottom. I don’t have any maple sugar on hand to try that out, but maybe it’ll work better than the sucanat did!

      • Rachel says:

        I wonder if you pulse it a bit in a blender or food processor if the sucanat might be finer and blend better. I only have sucanat right now, so I might try that.

  4. Michelle says:

    I am trying this. Probably tonight! I prioritize sleep, but I wake up almost every single night. The week before my period is the worst. 3-4 hours max for the whole week. Thank you!!!!!

    • eema.gray says:

      I’ve got a jar of (local, raw) creamed honey that’s been blended with cinnamon. I am seriously thinking about sprinkling a little sea salt into it and putting next to the bed. :-D I suspect what’s needed is a burst of carb plus salt to get one’s adrenaline to settle down so speaking as a layperson, any natural sweet (as opposed to something like asaparatime or a sugar alcohol) would probably work.

  5. Ruth says:

    What would you do if you were on GAPS or another diet for significant health reasons and were being strict about having no sugar (GAPS only allows honey, not even sucanat or maple syrup)? Does salt work by itself?

    • ButterBeliever says:

      I would do a little dab of honey, sprinkled liberally with salt, if you are on GAPS. That will work just as well. Salt alone will help, but not as much as combining with a natural sugar.

  6. Lance says:

    This sounds really stupid. I thought you were into real food. Refined sugar is processed. Not found in nature like that. Honey I would understand. But this?

    • ButterBeliever says:

      Honey is processed, too. By bees.

      Coconut oil is processed. Do you eat that?

      If you actually read the post, I made it clear that I recommend minimally-processed organic cane sugar. The only difference between that and Sally Fallon-approved sucanat is that it’s missing some of the minerals from the molasses which is filtered out. When you take away some of the nutrients from a food, that doesn’t magically transform what’s left into something harmful. Have you ever eaten an orange without the peel? Think about it.

    • Dennis40 says:

      Did you actually read the post?

    • JMH says:

      *snort* Then just do the sucanat, which is to cane syrup what raisins are to grapes. Pick your ingredients dude, but sugarcane isn’t the devil. It grows out of the ground just like everything else. Honey is great, but it doesn’t have the same nutritional profile, but whatever floats your boat, it’s your life.

  7. Lisa says:

    I do this and it works. I use 5 parts sugar to one part salt. I have Matt’s book and pretty sure that’s what it said (too lazy to look). Anyway, if you are worried about this being healthy or not. Not sleeping enough on a regular basis is a lot more unhealthy then eating a bit of sugar.

    • ButterBeliever says:

      Yeah you’re right, he does recommend 5:1. I updated the post to explain that’s the recommendation, but for me it’s like way too much salt overload, even under the tongue. I guess what I have here is a 9:1.

      Haha, yeah, great point! Even if I believed sugar was so unhealthy (which I don’t), if it’s going to help me sleep, then it’s worth it. No question.

  8. Linda says:

    Gonna try this.

    I also read that before electricity, people went to sleep @ sundown, slept for a few hours, woke up and played around for a few hours then went back to sleep….Perhaps in addition to stress, some of our primal sleep patterns are trying to emerge…..

    • JMH says:

      I tend to think that a lot of it is panic. We psych ourselves up about being awake, because zomg there’s only three hours of sleep left! We’re awake at a natural time for a natural reason, but instead of lighting a low lamp and leisurely writing a letter to a loved one for half an hour, or having sex, like we’re supposed to, we flip on all the florescent lights in the house and stare at the clock and get more and more and more wound up.
      Not that I don’t think this will help people sleep; I’m sure it will. But this is also eerily similar to shock treatments, and I suspect there’s a reason. ;-)

  9. Kasha says:

    Nice post. I’m always open to trying new things when it comes to sleep because I have several rare sleep disorders that have no cures. A couple suggestions though…

    First, I would use the National Sleep Foundation as a cautionionary source. The reason I say that is because they don’t have accurate info on there about sleep disorders and several Non-Profit groups are trying to correct that. While this doesn’t exactly apply to your post, it is important that people are aware of that.

    More importantly though in reading some of the comments on here- if you’re waking up a lot at night- that can be a sign of Sleep Apnea. You can swear up & down that you don’t have it but I can tell you for a fact my Sleep Dr did the same thing & so did I & we both have it. So if you’re waking up more than once a night, exhausted during the day, gaining a lot of weight, etc please see a sleep doctor. If not, try this concoction lol! :)

  10. Kirstin says:

    This sounds interesting however my only concern would be you are putting sugar into your mouth and letting it sit there until morning. Won’t the sugar feed the mouth bacteria that is there gradually weakening teeth or aggravating gingivitis? Sorry I’m the daughter of a dentist. I have switched to making my own tooth paste and oil pulling but there are something that stick with you.

  11. Emily says:

    Great theory, and one I full-heartedly believe!… Why?… I am one who eats HUGE dinners (giant bowls of grass-fed meat and steamed veggies with tons of sea salt and butter or some other oil that complements the meal, along with 2-3 glasses of wine, followed by a pint of ice cream) around 6/6:30 until 7ish every night, and then I’m under the covers by 8:30 PM. I sleep great every night, get up at 5 AM every morning, and go for a walk with the birds. Every health expert out there would say I’m crazy, but I don’t have a weight problem, so for now, I’m stickin to what I like. :)

  12. Sandy says:

    I wonder if this could be used to manage stress hormones during the day also?

    • ButterBeliever says:

      Yes, although snacking on a little bit of food that provides both salt and glucose will be a little more enjoyable. :) A piece of fruit and some cheese works marvelously!

    • Jaye says:

      YES! I find a terrific pick-me-up (or calm-me-down) to be salty orange juice. A generous pinch of unrefined salt mixed into orange juice can solve all sorts of problems!

      If you don’t like OJ, then salt in water works too. It’s my go-to if I’m jittery or headachy or whatever.

      I am intrigued by this sleep powder. I have wacky cortisol and have not slept really well in years. Apnea tests have been negative…twice. Trying to ditch the sleeping pills is a long-term project, but I”m determined.

  13. I know that high cortisol (stress hormone) can result in insomnia. I like using sea salt and agree that it is an essential nutrient. I also agree that these is such a thing as glucose-deficiency.

    Interesting article. I also wrote of other tips that might help people with insomnia: http://blissfulwriter.hubpages.com/hub/Sleep-Tips-Help-Insomnia

  14. eema.gray says:

    To all the people who have or are trying to ruthlessly eliminate all traces of sugar from your diets: Please bear in mind that for centuries before sugar became a common place source of sweet+energy, it was used nearly universally as a medicine. A medicine for the kinds of issues we now know are related to hormonal disturbances, particularly those related to physical or emotional stress. So even though the notion sounds completely radical, using small amounts of sugar or honey as a medication is actually an ancient medical practice.

    • ButterBeliever says:

      What an insightful comment. Thank you!

    • veronica says:

      in its natural state yes. not the way we buy it in the supermarket. suger has’evolved’ unfortunately, as we have. ive been off suger for 3 months now and have a ramarkable change in my mood/stress/sleep/adrenal function. natural sugers, found in fruits/some plants (in the food inself). we have been eating suger for generations but if you want to talk about the ‘old days’, our ancestors never ‘added’ suger to their diet. it came naturally in the foods they ate.

  15. Hannah says:

    Do you think this would help for a child suffering from occasional nightmares? I’ve sometimes wondered if a nutritional imbalance is the cause of my daughter’s nightmares & would love to have a “quick fix” for those evenings when she wakes up in a panic.

    • Susan says:

      Hannah- I would definitely try this with your daughter….It can’t hurt!! I have been healing from adrenal fatigue for a while now and I do remember reading somewhere that some adrenal experts believe that nightmares are caused by low blood sugar. I know when I first crashed with adrenal fatigue, my sleep schedule was completely turned around. I was awake all night and slept only a couple hours each morning. Those few hours were ALWAYS riddled with terrible, terrible dreams. Since I’ve been following Matt Stone, I can’t recall a time where my dreams were anything but pleasant! Good Luck!

      • Dawn says:

        Susan,

        I am struggling to heal my adrenals. The doctors have not been much help. I have also been diagnosed in the last 4 years with hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia and all the problems that come with it, high blood sugars, high blood pressure, anxiety, sleep problems. All this happened within a year of being re-vaccinated for things I had already been vaccinated for as a child. I would be grateful for any advice you may have. Also does anyone know if it would be okay to use organic coconut sugar or raw honey with sea salt until I can buy the sucanat and organic cane sugar?

        • Elizabeth says:

          Dawn, I would look into the GAPS diet or try to find an acupuncturist/integrative health doctor in your area. You’re definitely suffering from vaccine poisoning. The human body is an amazing thing and with the right tools it can heal! I’m on my own long and windy path and while it can be frustrating, we must keep researching, researching, researching! I currently follow a Weston A. Price style diet and have had great success, altho I amended it to where I no longer eat any grains on starches. I have a leaky gut that needs healing!

        • KotosaMom says:

          I concur with the GAPS recommendation. I would also add to find a homeopath. There is a homeopathic vaccination detox remedy you can take to help your body heal from the vaccines.

  16. Norma says:

    Interesting.
    Reading the comments made me wonder if my love of sweet/salty snacks, like fritos and M&Ms, is by body telling me i need salt/sugar to control stress?!
    Our bodies are so miraculous!

  17. jane says:

    How about coconut sugar, do u like that would also work in this? Just wondering

    • ButterBeliever says:

      I’ve never used coconut sugar myself since it’s expensive and I don’t feel the need to avoid cane sugar, but sure, give it a try! Like cane sugar, the sugar content in coconut sugar is primarily sucrose, so I’m pretty sure it would work just as well.

  18. Kate says:

    HELP! Can I just use white sugar? I know you are all talking about how terrible it is but I just want to try this idea right away. I have white sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey and agave nectar. I can’t go out a buy a bunch of new ingredients so what can I do with what I have? Thanks!

    FYI
    I am pregnant and haven’t slept well in at least 4 weeks. Can’t kick my cold because I can’t sleep and i also have a two year old. Really hoping this will help me sleep. And I have also been very stressed lately!

    • ButterBeliever says:

      Absolutely!! White sugar really is not the devil incarnate. It’s simply devoid of nutritional value outside of the glucose/fructose it provides (no vitamins/minerals, etc.). But if you want to use an alternative, a small spoonful of maple syrup or honey salted liberally will work just as well!

      • Katie says:

        Thank you SO much for getting back to me today! We try to eat healthy and teach our daughter the same. I am not scared or sugar or salt or fat but try to used moderation in all things.

        This sugar/salt combo sounds like exactly what I need right now and am so grateful I found your page through pinterest!!! Really hoping for some good sleep tonight!

        • Susan says:

          Katie- I would also try and have a little sugar/salt combo when you are feeling stressed. Suffering from adrenal fatigue, I often start buzzing when my day gets too hectic. I can literally feel my insides buzzing from my nerves. But following Matt’s advice, I eat something satisfying to me and make sure it has fat, sugar and salt. Not only do I stop stressing because I’m now focused on how yummy the thing is I’m eating, but I’ve come to realize that for a couple hours after I’ve eaten the yummy thing, I remain calm.

          Best thing in the world? If you have a Great Harvest bread store near you, go buy some of their brownie mix. It uses 4 eggs and 2 sticks of butter. They taste divine! I follow it with a pinch of salt to keep my balance and I’m golden!! Good luck, Mama!!

  19. Becca C. says:

    I’m allergic to cane sugar, is there any other options for me?

  20. Guest says:

    I’m a little leary abou this one. Most people consume too much sugar and salt as it is. Looking at traditional chinese medicine, they also talk about your own body clock. Each organ takes two hours to function and have a high time and low time. If you wake up every night the same time it is connected to an organ. I think there are better ways of getting your sleep at night.

  21. Elena Skok says:

    I know this doesn’t help the person who needs to get up in the morning and wants to sleep through the night but…..I remember reading on a Paleo blog somewhere (and I’ve been looking for it for the last half hour)that two sleep periods were always considered normal (I mean in the days before adrenal fatigue. People would get up, read, write,have sex, etc. and then go back to sleep. So perhaps wanting/expecting to sleep through the night is not the way we were designed….

  22. Lise says:

    Can Himalayan Pink rock salt be used in place of the sea salt? that’s all I use/have in the house.

  23. Trina says:

    After I gave up sugar for a year (part of my vlc paleo woe) I spiraled into severe anxiety/insomnia. I found this recipe and used it. It did help. Over 3 months into “recovery” and I no longer need it – yeah. The fear of “sugar” is not a good thing. Glucose is a nutrient that we need. Glycoproteins and polysaccharide molecules like glycosaminoglycans are important structural components of the body; certain cell types rely on glucose for energy; and the immune system relies on glucose for generation of reactive oxygen species to kill pathogens.

    • ButterBeliever says:

      Absolutely. The trend of the glucose deniers who choose to ignore these basic biological facts, is a little frightening, given the amount of followers they’ve managed to amass.

  24. Steph says:

    Can I use coconut palm sugar?

  25. This is awesome and I am giving this to my hubs stat! Thanks for this rad post, Emily! -Rama

  26. Guy says:

    i don’t eat organic sugar will this work with cotton candy and salt?

  27. I’m not against ‘refined’ or ‘processed’ sugar, but for those who are seeking a more natural food, would using honey, mixed with sea salt work in the same way? (It makes a nice face and hand scrub. ;0))

  28. I’m also thinking if you put it in a magic bullet or grinder you could make it all the same consistency so it would blend well and then you wouldn’t have to use two kinds of sugar.

  29. [...] hormones related to stress caused this for people of all walks of life and this stuff called “Sleepy Dust” helps. Sugar and salt are the keys and I don’t remember all the biology behind it. I [...]

  30. angelday says:

    for people who want to use honey or crystals that dont mix well, why not make a solution and put it into a small spray bottle. easy to squirt under your tongue that way and doesnt leave you with sand if your saliva isnt up to snuff in the middle of the night. I use homeopathics this way, so I dont see why it wouldnt work for the sleepy dust (except it wont be dust anymore ;)

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  32. I am so glad I read this today. A friend and I were just discussing this waking up and not being able to go back to sleep. I am going to share this with her right away. Thanks so much.

    Elizabeth T, Early Rise

  33. melissa says:

    could Dextrose be used?

  34. megan says:

    Could you use beet sugar? I buy it from my local heath food store and use it in coffee and baking…thank you!

  35. Doreen says:

    I’m diabetic. Won’t this make my blood sugar spike?

    • Aschwin Wesselius says:

      If you’ve read the article thoroughly, it states it’s just about a pinch, enough to just cover the top of your finger.

      If that is going to spike your blood sugar, you’re in a serious troublesome condition. I hope you can just take this without worries.

  36. Becky Araoz says:

    Is the Sucanat necessary?

    • ButterBeliever says:

      Good question. No, it is not. I just add it for the flavor and the little bit of nutrition (mostly minerals) it provides. Many people try to avoid more highly processed sugar, by substituting sucanat for white sugar, but as far as the function of this remedy, any source of sugar (sucrose) will do.

  37. Aschwin Wesselius says:

    I made this just tonight. I added some black and szechuan peppercorns. Just as much as the salt.

    Making this assembles a favorite Dutch candy called ‘zwart op wit’, or ‘black on white’. Making it organically is awesome and I didn’t knew this could be healthy during the night.

    Instead of the pepper, licorice could be used as well.

  38. Michelle says:

    Wow, I am going to try this! I am pregnant and can’t get any sleep at night, we just moved and I am under so weird anxious stress…plus I have to “go” all the time now. I have tried making a sleepy milk drink but that just aggregates my needing to “go” in the night.

    Interestingly when I was a kid I would wake up in the night occasionally and go into the kitchen drink one sip of soda and go back to bed. I don’t keep soda in my house as an adult, but I have always thought it was strange that as a kid I would do that and go straight back to sleep. I guess sodas have sugar and salt in them.

    Thanks for the cool tip!

  39. [...] Salt improves sleep quality. It boasts anti-stress and anti-excitatory qualities due to its suppression of stress hormones and it increasing of the metabolic rate. This may explain why many people report that a low sodium diet interferes with sleep and an adequate amount of dietary salt improves sleep quality. Interestingly, if you often wake up to go to the toilet or with your heart pounding between 2 and 4 AM, it is probably because of an adrenaline spike. The most important thing you can do to help this, is to reduce both physical and mental stress, as well as eating a healthy diet. One immediate fix to help you go back to sleep is a bit of sugar and salt sprinkled on the tongue to calm the adrenaline peak . Have a look at this site for info and recipe for some amazing sleep dust. [...]

  40. Liz F. says:

    I just made this and will try it tonight. I used 3 parts coconut sugar, 2 parts cane sugar, and 1 part real salt. I CRAVE the salty taste, so it doesn’t taste to salty to me. :)

  41. Cher Rosselot says:

    Wow What a life saver this has been for both my non sleeping husband and poor me who he keeps up at night. We have tried everything… and this works. How amazing and cheap and definitely feel better that it is non habit forming and no chemicals.

  42. michele says:

    My daughter tried this the other night and used a pinch of Nunatural Stevia powder and real salt and it worked too… we don’t use real sugar for much anymore.

    • ButterBeliever says:

      Well, the salt will help, but stevia won’t do anything to improve your glucose levels and suppress stress hormones.

  43. […] 4. Try some of Butter Believer’s Magic Sleepy Dust. […]

  44. […] on Butter Believer I saw a post on “Magic Sleepy Dust” and pinned to my Pinterest to remember later. […]

  45. Sue says:

    Can this be made using regular granulated sugar and table salt? I really can’t afford to go out and buy that expensive stuff you suggested.

  46. Sheena says:

    definitely going to try this out! lately, have been waking up around 4 am every morning due to some anxiety and have trouble going back to sleep. hoping this will do the trick!

  47. […] begun using This Sleepy Dust Formula to get back to sleep – FYI: it […]

  48. […] salt & sugar – to ditch those stress hormones and balance out my glucose […]

  49. SunnyCo says:

    I was intrigued by this advice and heck, it won’t hurt to try. However, you state “there’s nothing wrong with consuming moderate amounts of minimally-processed sugar” in your diet. I have to disagree with that statement, as a candida sufferer for years, processed sugar of any kind is not on my diet. The only sugar that does not affect my candida is Xylitol or else my energy level plummets and I can’t keep my eyes open. I will try this advice with Xylitol and see what happens.

  50. Valerie says:

    I am a Type 2 diabetic. Is this safe for me?

  51. […] Can’t Fall Back Asleep? “Sleepy Dust”—An Unconventional Nutritional Remedy for Insomnia […]

  52. SALLY RAWLINGS says:

    This totally makes sense and easier than the peanut butter by my bed for the same reason.I live in a hot climate and I eat real food so I know there are times I crave and need salt.. sans the packaged foods and much milk or dairy I need it some times.. sally ( Australia)

  53. Amy says:

    Especially since the time change, I wake up at 4:30 every morning, no matter when I get to bed! I really desire more sleep. Somehow I’ve got to get the STRESSERS under control! But until that, I’ll mix up some sleepy dust. Thank you.

  54. Cindy says:

    Any idea if Himalayan salt can be used instead of sea salt? Looking forward to giving this a try. Thank you!

  55. Janet M says:

    Thanks for the great tip! I don’t have any sucanat but was wondering if I could sub coconut sugar for it since it is also rich in minerals and has a tasty flavor.

  56. Chere says:

    Was also wondering if coconut sugar would work :)

    • ButterBeliever says:

      Sure! Coconut sugar is very similar in sugar content to cane sugar—both are primarily sucrose. (Which is why I don’t bother to buy coconut sugar). Go for it!

  57. Pinky says:

    My husband work late at nights. He sleeps during daytime and gets distubance from the tenant at the 2nd floor flat. Will this thing work for him and can sleep well even if there are too much noise around?

  58. Belinda Hamilton says:

    I ordered Eat For Heat on this site for my Kindle. I put all my info in, but have not receive it.

  59. Liz says:

    Will Coconut sugar work? I have that instead of cane sugar. I have the sea salt. but not the other flavor ingredient you mention. Will these two ingredients work?

  60. […] I've found that a magnesium supplement taken nightly helps me to get a good night's sleep. And if by chance I wake up between 2 – 4 a.m., "sleepy dust" helps me to get back to sleep. You can find out what that is all about here: Can’t Fall Back Asleep? “Sleepy Dust” […]

  61. Zennifer says:

    Eating sugar and then sleeping without brusging and rinsing is a recipe for dental cavities. Saliva production halts in deep sleep, so bacteria can grow like crazy. So clean your teeth and rinse sugar out afterwards.

  62. Mim says:

    i just want to say that i love the down-to-earthness you bring to the internet about good eating habits. you are a breath of fresh air after feeling stressed from other websites!
    now to this post, oh my goodness, i tried this last night and it worked! granted, i did not have the sucanat, i just did the 1:5 salt/sugar ratio and put it by my bedside. i had to use it 3 different times and wondered if it was the sugar waking me up later? at any rate, it always put me right back to sleep, amazing! i have to admit, part of me was stressing about getting cavities from putting sugar in my mouth 3 times. the saliva made it go everywhere. i probably will not do this every night! any thoughts on that issue? i know this is meant to be a treatment until one sleeps through the night, but what if it causes cavities?

  63. Sharon says:

    Aren’t organic cane sugar and sucanat basically the same thing, so why do I have to add both? I don’t have sucanat lying around the house and don’t know any stores around here who carry it.

    • ButterBeliever says:

      You certainly do not have to add both! Sucanat is organic cane sugar, yes, but it is completely unrefined with all the molasses and minerals intact, whereas lightly-processed organic cane sugar (like I use in the recipe) is stripped of most of that molasses. They have different flavors. But you don’t need the sucanat!

  64. Hazel says:

    Hate to ask the obvious but won’t this cause rotting teeth in a fairly fast time? Sugary saliva in your mouth, around your teeth all night?
    Sure you maybe sleeping well but your dentist bill will be phenominal!!

  65. Hazel says:

    Ah I just noticed the comment before mine above says more or less what I was saying about saliva with sugar sitting around the teeth all night.
    Vereeeeeeeee bad idea guys!

  66. Kammy says:

    Every time I take this before bed I sweat like hell during the night. It really helps to fall asleep, but the entire bedding is wet. What could be a problem?

    • ButterBeliever says:

      Ah. Well, that’s kind of a good sign. Your body temperature is raising, and along with it, your metabolism. Matt Stone says that when he eats really metabolism-stoking foods like chocolate, his sheets are always dripping wet too. Maybe adjust the room temperature at night or crack a window so you’re not drenched by the morning!

  67. […] Can’t Fall Back Asleep? “Sleepy Dust”—An Unconventional Nutritional Remedy for Insomnia […]

  68. Tevana says:

    I just saw this post about the sleep dust. Have you tried your date sugar in the dust? If there is tryptophan in the date sugar won’t that boost the effectiveness? Do you not use it because it won’t dissolve under the tongue?

    • ButterBeliever says:

      It definitely won’t dissolve under your tongue, but dates are a good source of sugar/glucose so I don’t see why you couldn’t try it. You’d just have to chew/swallow it rather than wait for it to dissolve.

  69. Angie says:

    Thanks for the tip. I pray it works. I need it to work as everything else I have ever tried to get back to sleep has not worked.
    I will want to use the mix suggestion of the author of this mix, that you pointed out ie 5 parts sugar: 1 part salt. How much organic cane sugar to sucanat would you recommend I use to make up the 5 parts of sugar? 4 parts cane sugar: 1 part sucanat, or different mix proportion of the sugars?
    Please respond as I need to try this.

    • Angie says:

      Also does your body get used to it after using it for a while, such that it quits working?

      Thanks,
      Angie.

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