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Not being able to sleep soundly or all through the night without waking several times is one of the worst feelings ..especially when it happens night after night. It can really make you feel terrible and isn’t good for you either. So, I’ve been trying to research some natural solutions for how to stay asleep all night. I never had trouble sleeping up until the past few months. I started waking up every night at 2am and 4am. Then, my sleeping trouble got worse, because after it hit 4am, I couldn’t get back to sleep at all and I would lie there wide awake until 9am.
I’ve been looking into every possible thing I can do to try to get some better sleep without resorting to getting a prescription. I was so desperate, I considered using Benadryl to knock myself out, but I can’t take that because it dries my throat out too much. To try and find the answer, I made a list of everything I could do to help me get a good sound night’s sleep. Luckily, I never had trouble falling asleep…it was just that I couldn’t stay asleep!
SO… I combined three methods I found online when I was researching how to stay asleep all night to get the most benefit and to make a “magic mixture” I could take to get a good night’s sleep.
How to Stay Asleep All Night with 3 Natural Ingredients:
I take a mixed spoonful of coconut oil, raw honey, and sea salt right before I go to bed every night.
The three components of fat from the coconut oil, sugar from the honey, and the salt all work to help your body be sustained throughout the night. This mixture helps you stay a sleep throughout the night and also helps reduce the impact of spikes in stress hormones or cortisol, which can often cause you to wake up in the middle of the night.
Why Does this Magic Mixture of Ingredients Work?
This magic mixture for how to stay asleep all night has been like a miracle for me!
The fat in coconut is beneficial right before bed because the fat gives your body sustained energy throughout the night. Having it before bed will prevent you from waking up hungry. Also, coconut oil fats prevent your blood sugar/insulin from spiking which is often a cause of sleeping troubles. Coconut oil provides your body with nutrients that allow your body to manufacture optimal amounts of sleep hormones.
You may be wondering why you would want to have honey that contains sugar before bed? And you’re thinking, “Doesn’t that cause blood sugar spikes that will make it even harder to sleep?” Actually, no, it’s going to help you sleep better. This is because the honey ensures an adequate amount of storage of liver glycogen for your brain. During sleep your brain uses energy and primarily gets this energy from the glycogen (sugar) stored in your liver. When you don’t have enough liver glycogen to provide energy for the brain, your adrenal glands pump out more of the stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol. If you have high amounts of these stress hormones, they can cause you to have difficulty sleeping. According to this site, raw honey is 22% better at producing liver glycogen compared to processed honey you’ll typically find in the food store.
Having some sea salt right before bed is another important component as it helps lower the stress hormones as well. Salt aids in energy production so your energy can be sustained throughout the night. When you have adequate sodium in your bloodstream, your stress response is reduced and your body won’t pump out as much adrenaline or cortisol. Salt helps your body stay in a homeostatic state so that your adrenaline won’t spike during the night and cause you to wake up, at horrible times like 2am and 4am. There is even some evidence that salt raises your oxytocin level, which is a hormone that helps you feel calm and relaxed.
By combining all three ingredients, you get the benefits of all of them helping you to get to sleep and stay asleep through the night.
What You Need for the Magic Mixture
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon of raw honey (make sure it’s raw, unprocessed)
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
How to Use the Magic Mixture:
I keep jars of coconut oil and raw honey on a table near my bed at night along with a bag of sea salt and glass of warm water.
The main goal is just to take all three ingredients right before you go to bed. So you can do it however you feel most comfortable.
Option 1: Mix the coconut oil, raw honey, in a dish and sprinkle some sea salt on it. Mix up the ingredients a little. Put it on a spoon and swallow, then chase with water.
Option 2: Take the coconut oil, raw honey separately and chase with water. Then, you could add the sea salt to a small cup of water and drink it.
If You Wake Up in the Middle of the Night
Just take the mixture again anytime you wake up and you should be able to fall back asleep much easier, in about 30 minutes or less.
If you’ve been trying to find a solution for how to stay asleep all night, you have to give this mixture of ingredients a try! So many have commented on this post that it has really helped them.
Have you tried any of these ingredients to help you stay sleep all night? If any other remedies have worked for you, I would love to hear them in the comments.
I am pre-diabetic – honey/sugar doesnt seem good-
would it work with just coconut oil and salt
I heard about this and thought I’d try it since I had everything at my home. I have had insomnia for years. I can get to sleep but wake up about three times each night. The second or third time there is no way I can get back to sleep. The longest block of sleep I’ve gotten is about 2 hours at a time. I averaged 4 to 5 hours total of broken up sleep. UNTIL I tried this! I’m amazed! I took it after the first time I woke up and I went back to sleep for 5 hours straight! That gave me almost eight hours of sleep! Unheard of for me. I had forgotten what deep sleep was like. wow. The next night, same thing! I don’t usually comment online, but this was an amazing result! Thanks for sharing!! I’m 71 years old. Now it is not just my husband that can sleep at night.
Hi Lori do you have any remedies for fighting depression naturally?
I am going to give it a try. Can I also let my husband try it? He has so many problems going and falling asleep. Please advise.
Insomnia has been a thorn in my flesh for years . Will try this recipe and revert ( taking BP meds though). Thanks for sharing Lori
Thank you Jennifer! Hope your sleep gets better soon!
Do this work for SWSD(SHIFT WORK SLEEP DISORDER)? Please throw more light on this area.
Question about this sleep aid.
Do you think you could make a mixture of these 3 ingredients ahead of time in a jar and just take a spoonful out every night? I was thinking of giving this as a gift to someone but I wanted to take the hassle out of it for them.
Hi D, Yes, that’s a great idea and what a sweet gift! I do that just to save time every night.
Hi Lori, I love your blog because you are truly passionate about your subject matter and you keep it simple making it assessable to everyone. About your magic sleep potion, It sounds revolting and I was up all night trying to imagine actually being able to swallow it! LOL. I have been using cannabis edibles for sleep for a few years now and it works for some hours and then wears off. Better than any other thing I have tried excluding pharmaceuticals which I won’t take since they are toxic! The marijuana brownies don’t taste very good either actually, so I decided if I can eat those I can take your formula. So I will try it and get back to you!
So happy to hear you’ve enjoyed my blog!
wow.. Have been trying to sleep for months with just 2-3 hrs of sleep everyday…tried this last night and it worked perfect. Thanks a lot
So happy to hear it worked for you!
Can you take this protocol during the day for your adrenals or is it used only at night before bed. Tell me why this works for sleep. Is this something you cane up with. Thanks
Hi Theresa, it’s a mixture I came up with. It worked for me so I thought I would share it to help others 🙂
The protocol for sleep the coconut oil honey and sea salt for sleep can you take it during the day for adrenals or just at night thanks
You can take it during the day.
Due to my allergies, Can regular table salt be good substitute for the Seasalt?Sadly?
Does coconut oil upset people with gallstones?
I just found your site by randomly looking on Pinterest. I have been on sleeping pills for years due to an auto immune disease that does not allow me to get any REM sleep, I also wake up hundreds of times during the night. I am going to give your sleep remedy a try. I would love to not have to take drugs to sleep. I am also using a bipap machine and my husband was just given a cpap machine. I agree with what was said, if your husband snores bug him until you get him to go get a sleep study if you love him and don’t want him to die an early death. I am going to begin to try this tonight as it is a Friday and I do not have to work tomorrow and have all the ingredients all ready on hand. Thank you Lori for your research. Hope this works!
Thanks Marj! Hope it works for you. Keep us updated 🙂
This sounds like a miracle. I will try tonight ant let you know. It’s been a couple years where if I wake up – ususally around 2 am I’m up for the night. I’ve tried everything to no avail! Cross your fingers!!!!
Hope it works for you! Keep us updated 🙂
does it have to be coconut oil, or can it be any type of fat?
Tried it once and it worked. Let’s see if it works again…
Yay! That’s great.
Hi I thought this is going to be another let down of all the things I’ve tried. I have had sleeping pills and still wake after 3 hours, I hate meds so I went off those then tried other herbal items to on avail. More recently I take a magnesium tablet with a 2 tea bag strength warm drink of chammamile tea with raw honey and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. This too has has been hit and miss. Well I’m very excited to report the first night I took your recipe I slept like a bomb, heard nothing till the alarm went off. Couldn’t believe it worked. I’ve had only one night it didn’t work, had a really bad day, so not surprised. I use pink Himalayan salt I have cut down just a little of the coconut oil and salt with an increase of raw honey to help the salt taste in warm milk and it’s still working over a week later. Thank you for such a simple sleep fix.
Wow! I’m so happy it has helped you 🙂
Sounds like a great thing to try! I’m wondering if you can’t just mix the three ingredients up in advance. It would be so much easier to have one jar, of coconut oil already mixed with honey and salt. Would it still be effective? Thanks!
Definitely! You can keep the mixture ready to go.
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Hi lori, can be this mixture make you fallIng sleep? Or just making your sleep longer? Ive been into depression, anxieties due to some reasons for 5mos now….i use several meds but it didnt work… Sleeping hours for 3-4hrs every day..and sometimes only 1hr…and i sometimes broken hours…im so stressed every day. please help me. Thank you