A Trick for Insomnia: Salt and Sugar

· January 25, 2016
The blend of sugar and salt may help control the hormones that cause stress, returning them to their normal levels to avoid interfering with your sleep cycle.

Insomnia is a disorder that makes it hard for people to either fall or stay asleep. It may be difficult to stay asleep during the night, or it might even cause you to wake up too early in the morning.

This problem is considered the most common sleep disorder in the general population. It affects a disproportionate number of women, the elderly, and people who have psychological disorders like depression and anxiety.

Difficulty sleeping and a lack of sleep can have a negative impact on the quality of life of the sufferer, and may lead to a deterioration of their social life, quality of work, or some other aspect of their life.

Considering how harmful insomnia can be for physical and mental health, there are numerous medications and treatments available today that can help fight insomnia and stop it from becoming a bigger problem.

However, commercially available drugs should only be taken following the recommendation of a doctor and in moderation, as any attempt to self-medication or excess consumption of sedatives can have negative side effects.

The salt and sugar treatment is a popular trick for some people who have trouble sleeping. Those who use it say it’s a very effective way to win the battle against insomnia.

What is the salt and sugar trick for insomnia?

Salt shaker
One of the main causes of insomnia is the physical or emotional stress due to a biochemical reaction that interferes with your body’s production of sleep hormones.

When stress hormones are high, your sleep pattern is disrupted and this results in your inability to fall asleep or stay asleep.

This is where sugar and salt can play an important role because both may exercise some control over stress hormones, bringing them back to normal levels to keep them from interfering with your sleep cycle.

In the book Eat for Heat, researcher Matt Stone describes this trick we mentioned above as a solution to help you sleep better.

“The mix of salt and sugar is absolutely necessary for stressful situations during the night. When insomnia occurs between 2 am and 4 am accompanied by a feeling of excess adrenaline flowing through your body (adrenaline spikes during this time), salt and sugar under the tongue is the only way forward.”

See also: What Happens to the Body when you Stop Eating Sugar?

Salt and sugar for insomnia?

Today most people are aware that eating too much salt or sugar can be harmful to your health, triggering a number of diseases and disorders.

But consuming them in moderation is acceptable because your body does require small amounts of both of these substances.

Woman awake

The benefits of combining salt and sugar

While the taste may not be exceptional, the benefits of salt and sugar are strong enough to consider trying it from time to time.

  • It strengthens the immune system
  • It helps alleviate headaches
  • It increases energy levels
  • It increases serotonin production and electrolytes
  • It relieves stress

We recommend you read: How does Stress Affect Women?

An amazing recipe for the cure

Brown sugar

To prepare this insomnia-fighting trick, you’ll need:

  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt (5 g)
  • 5 teaspoons of brown sugar (25 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of panela or raw sugar


Place all ingredients in a bag or small jar and shake them well. Panela is an ingredient that tends to separate itself from the rest, which is why it must be combined with brown sugar.

The recommended ratio for this recipe is one part salt to five parts sugar, but if that’s too salty you can reduce the amount of salt you add.

How should you take it?

Before going to bed or during the night, place a small amount of this mixture under your tongue and wait for it to dissolve completely.

You can leave the rest of it on your bedside table, or somewhere you can easily access it during the night if needed.

When you take it, just put a pinch under your tongue and let it dissolve.