When I think of the holidays I like to think about all the delicious food, seeing family and friends and relaxing.
Of course, when you travel, stay in unfamiliar environments, have house guests whose bodies are on a different time zone, or you are dealing with jet lag, it can certainly take at least some of the fun out of the holidays.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Below are a few simple recipes to help during the holiday insanity. Also, if you own an Amazon Alexa, I give a one-minute sleep tip every day in a briefing called The Sleep Doctor Minute, I think you’ll find them fun and educational.
So, what can you do when you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night for what feels like no reason, wondering things like: is turkey stuffed with oyster stuffing, paleo? How the heck do I make low carb stuffing? Are the marshmallows on the sweet potatoes gluten free? I have a potential solution for you:
Guava Leaf Tea
It turns out that many people seem to wake up in the middle of the night when their blood sugar gets too low. This causes a hormonal reaction and starts the process of creating insulin, which uses cortisol. Remember cortisol is what helps wake you up in the morning so that is NOT what you want to be going on at night! The solution: Guava Leaf Tea.
You may have heard me talk about it before, but this tea has research behind it to show how powerful it is in keeping blood sugar stable. Since I can’t show you how to make it, I have been able to connect with the company and get you a discount! Go to this area of Amazon for Guava Leaf Tea and use the discount code GUAVA342 and if you buy 3 you get one free. I use it personally and I love it.
For those of you who have monkey mind (you just can’t turn off your brain) when trying to fall asleep, I recommend:
As it turns out, most people are deficient in Magnesium which leads to restless sleep and one of the easiest ways to increase magnesium is with natures sleeping pills, bananas. If you are having a hard time calming down after cooking all day, or listening to your relatives complain (which they always seem to do), try this:
- take an organic Banana, wash it off and cut off the stem and the tip
- cut it in ½ and leave the peel on it
- drop it into 3 cups of boiling water and let it boil for about 3 min (until it turns brownish for a while
- Now pour the banana water into a cup and drink
The peel of the banana is loaded with magnesium, almost 3 times the fruit itself, and has several natural aspects which aid with digestion and absorption. Banana tea is also great for constipation, and super safe for kids to try who may be a little restless with all the guests in the house.
For those of you who are exhausted with all the cooking, planning, driving, and shopping, and just can’t seem to get enough hours at night to feel energetic during the day, I recommend:
I use this trick myself on occasion and it is a favorite for many of my Fortune 500 CEOs to get a quick and more effective boost from caffeine.
At about 1pm you really start to slow down due to a mild Melatonin surge that occurs in us all at that time:
- grab a 6 oz. cup of drip black coffee (no pumpkin spiced latte here, we want it black with no sugar or cream).
- cool it down with 2-3 ice cubes and drink the entire thing as quickly as you can.
- Now set a timer on your phone and close your eyes for a 25-min nap.
- When you wake up you will have gotten enough stage 1-2 sleep to have reduced your feelings of sleepiness, the caffeine will be kicking in, and you will be good to go for at least 4 hours!
BONUS SLEEP DRINK HACK: ADD RAW HONEY
One thing that you can add to BOTH the Guava Leaf Tea and the Banana Tea is Raw Honey. Why? Well this too helps with blood sugar and it’s delicious!
By adding a teaspoon of Raw Honey (not the stuff you get in the store in the bear shaped squeeze bottle), you introduce a food that is a little more difficult for the body to digest. This seems to help many people keep their blood sugar stable longer. If you don’t want more liquid in your system, you can also just eat a teaspoon, 30 min before bed.
I hope you have a happy holiday if you celebrate and even if you don’t, try one of these drinks to see how they can improve your sleep. Remember everything you do, you do better with a good night of sleep!
Here are a few articles where I was mentioned this week:
The Best and Worst Sleeping Positions at BestLife.com
The Relationship between ADD and Sleep at Psychology Today
Body Odors You Should Never Ignore at ReadersDiget.com
Dr. Michael Breus