One of the best things about our insomnia help forums is the fact that our members share their own personal observations.
When it comes to improving their sleep and curing their insomnia, they talk about what works for them.
Recently, one of our forum members said she dramatically reduced her salt intake and saw her sleep improve.
I don't normally like to share information unless it comes from peer-reviewed studies or other academic research, so I did some digging.
Here's what I found:
A study in 1945 severely restricted the salt intake of individuals with insomnia. After a week, the majority of individuals began to fall asleep easier. Furthermore, after a few weeks most noticed huge differences in their ability to fall asleep.
It's all too easy to think that your salt intake is low.
The fact is, typically only around 10% of our daily salt intake comes from adding salt to our food. 90% comes from processed or packaged foods.
If you want to cut back on your salt intake in a bid to improve your sleep, you need to reduce your intake of packaged foods and cook from scratch more often. Here's a list of recommended foods for insomnia sufferers to get you started.
One final note - some people don't do well on a low salt diet. Those with chronic fatigue syndrome or adrenal problems should avoid low salt diets.
As always, speak with your doctor before making any dietary changes.1949Molly]
Last updated: December 27, 2012