Cure insomnia by boiling an egg at midnight

by Martin Reed on 21 November 2011 in insomnia cures

We were going to make this a serious post, sharing a list of foods that may help you fall asleep naturally. We were going to mention almonds (due to their magnesium content), dairy products (for their tryptophan content), cereals (to encourage serotonin), non-fat popcorn and honey.

However, when we got to the suggestion of hard boiled eggs via our source link, we couldn’t remain completely serious. Apparently, if you’re having trouble sleeping you should indulge in a midnight snack of hard boiled eggs. The explanation is a little¬†ambiguous¬†as to why hard boiled eggs can cure your lack of sleep; we’re guessing it has something to do with their protein levels.

Unfortunately the idea of us recommending insomniacs feverishly boil eggs at midnight in order to cure their insomnia put images in our heads that made it impossible to keep this post serious. That being said, if you feel as though you’ve got nothing to lose, give the boiled egg cure a try and let us know how it works for you!

Source: The Times of India

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A. Marina Fournier November 22, 2011 at 3:59 am

In the summer between junior and senior years of college, we had a roomate (there were four of us, and it was a great summer) who practice Nichiren Shoshu, and she’d get back from her meetings well after 11pm, poor girl. She often hadn’t had anything for dinner, and would fix herself something to eat once she got home. She often boiled eggs in a pan. Once, having fallen asleep while waiting for the eggs to cook, the pot merely boiled dry. Another time, though, she was not so lucky: the pot boiled dry, and the eggs kept getting hotter and hotter and more and more cooked, until they exploded in the pan, all the way up to the ceiling…and it smelled terrible. We teased her a little, but we understood how tired she was, too.

Maybe if you’re drowsy, but not sleeping, you shouldn’t boil the eggs in a pot, but get an egg-cooker with an automatic shutoff.


Martin Reed November 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm

You make a good point! Perhaps if this ‘insomnia cure’ becomes more prevalent, eggs should carry a safety warning on the packaging advising people not to cook when sleepy!


A. Marina Fournier November 23, 2011 at 3:05 am

As with any package/product/service warning, they show up due to law suits or disasters, so it’s not too much to expect!


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