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  • Baking Soda & Sleep

    Posted by John on 03/12/2024 at 1:33 pm

    So I’ve been trying out the practice of putting 1/2 tsp of Baking Soda in 6 oz of water and drinking it before bed.

    My experience so far is that it’s intense. I sleep like a ROCK and wake up very early. A little too early really, like 5am. And I’m ready to go. But them I’m groggy through the morning.

    I’ve been doing it for three days and I really like the quality of sleep, but I don’t know yet if it’s causing me to catch up on a lot of lost sleep or if it ends up leaving me feeling too groggy. I’ll report back, and am interested to hear if others have tried this.

    John replied 4 months ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • John

    03/13/2024 at 8:33 am

    Why? What is it supposed to do? I’ve just started taking a thousand milligrams of l-tryptophan amino acid and it has greatly improved my depth of sleep.

    If the baking soda thing is working well, one reason why you’re waking up groggy might be that you have such a sleep deficit that you desperately need to catch up on. In other words, a week of sleeping 10 hours a night might catch you up. No more groggy wake up.

    • John

      03/13/2024 at 2:56 pm

      Well, I just heard it’s supposed to improve sleep and decided to try it. I saw something about lowering acidity and reducing inflammation, but I haven’t researched it yet.

      Very possible it’s addressing a sleep deficit. I did wake up feeling unusually refreshed this morning. I’ll have to give it a few weeks and see where I end up.

      The topic of sleep deficiency raises an interesting question: If I’m sleep deficient, and then repair that, what has happened in the body?

  • John

    03/19/2024 at 10:11 pm

    Circling back around to report on this. The long and the short of it is that this works well but can easily be overdone.

    After some research on the internet, I couldn’t find a satisfactory answer to why this works so I’m going to propose my own theory. But before I do that the precautions are:

    • Continued use can lead to metabolic alkalosis, a condition in which your blood becomes overly alkaline — and heart problems.
    • Continued use can interfere with stomach acid levels and negatively impact digestion.

    That being said, baking soda is essentially salt. My theory is that if a person is low on electrolytes, drinking what is essentially salt before bed, may create a better sleep by supplementing low electrolyte levels.

    Also, some studies suggest that taking sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) supplements improves kidney function and helps slow the progression of Chronic Kidney Disease. I’m going to make a leap here, but intuitively my sense is that baking soda maybe support Jing energy in the kidneys. I’m going to have to do more research on that.

    My experience was that it really helped me get better sleep for a few nights but then became counterproductive. So, at the moment, it seems like it might be good to use once in a while to deepen sleep but not on a regular basis, or for too many nights in a row.

    This of course is not medical advice, do your own research and check with your doctor before trying something like this.

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