Authored and reprinted by permission by Sally K. Norton
With daylight savings time now upon us, I wanted to check in with you and see how you’re adjusting. Do you enjoy the opportunity to catch the sunrise and the extra hour of afternoon sunlight? Are you feeling a bit groggy? For many of us, adjusting to the time change can be a bit of a challenge.
In this newsletter, I’ll be sharing some tips and tricks for getting your sleepschedule back on track, as well as some fun ways to make the most of the longer days. So, grab your mineral water, and let's dive in!
8 Lucky Tips for Getting Good Rest
Your body does most of its healing when you sleep... so anything that disrupts it can have a big impact on how you feel during the day. If you’re feeling a bit ragged after the switch to Daylight Savings Time, that makes sense. Difficulties in falling asleep and staying asleep can significantly mess with daytime functioning.
Oxalates are neurotoxic and can wreck your sleep.
Beyond the clock change and other sleep disruptors, oxalate can be the core problem behind bad sleep and the related symptoms of exhaustion—as it was for me. The connection between oxalate toxicity and sleep quality is real. For example, the acute overnight effects of a high oxalate dinner (or day) can include:
- A restless brain that can’t settle down and stay asleep;
- Jumpy legs and arms;
- Bloating, belching, and hiccups;
- An irritated bladder that wants to be emptied overnight.
Note about the mechanism:
These things are happening because oxalate damages nerve cells and causes nerve “excitability” or “hyperarousal.” These buzzing nerve states occur during the night and daytime and may lead to non-restorative sleep and insomnia. Oxalate toxicity impairs sleep state brain activity and triggers inflammation—a major metabolic stressor. These conditions of hyperexcited, dysregulated nerves and inflammation also perpetuate dysfunctional mental states like the tendency to worry, ruminate, and catastrophize. This can make sleepimpossible, and no drug can fix it. We must address the cause— poisoning—and support the body’s reversal process.
Can’t think? Grumpy? Lacking enthusiasm? Depressed? Sleep quality can be a major factor.It can really add up when your sleep is routinely disrupted. The effects can flatten you in terms of your energy, brain function, and mood.
When Healing – Oxalate Can also Mess with Sleep
Oxalate’s neurotoxicity can also occur at night after the switch to oxalate-aware eating. When the body is managing a lifetime of oxalate buildup in the healing period, inflammation and blood oxalate levels go up.
When you wake up feeling tired, swollen, or sore that could be a sign that your body has been busy clearing out oxalate. If so, the quality of your sleep was not great (not restorative) therefore your need for more rest is real. The best answer is to get a midday nap and perhaps a sauna and mineral bath. Remember, it is okay to feel a little bit off, your body is doing a lot of work while you rest! You are not defective!