by Lesya Liu June 03, 2019 2 min read

Excess salt affects quality of sleep

It’s no secret that minimizing your salt intake has great health benefits. Too much salt can lead to weight gain and heart problems. Too much salt in your diet could also be the reason you’re not getting enough sleep, and not getting enough sleep can also cause weight gain and heart problems, making the combination of excess salt and lack of sleep a double whammy. Of course, salt is also an essential mineral, making salt a balancing act in the fight to stay healthy and happy.

Positive effects of salt

Healthy amounts of salt are good for muscles, nerve function, and even your heart. The right amount of salt can also help you stay hydrated, which is a good thing. However, too much salt can also have deeply negative health effects and also affect your ability to get a good night’s sleep.

Negative effects of salt

Too much salt in the diet can cause high blood pressure or hypertension. Salt will retain water, and too much water will cause your blood volume to increase as well. This phenomenon affects circulation and, in turn, your ability to sleep. Lack of sleep can also affect your blood pressure placing you in a vicious circle that can have serious health consequences.

Water retention affects sleep

Water retention can do more than cause high blood pressure and prevent you from sleeping. When you have an excess amount of liquid in your body, it can also be uncomfortable for your body when you lie down to go to sleep. The excess water can sometimes settle in our upper body, affecting your ability to breathe. Water retention can sometimes be the cause of sleep apnea, which is a common sleep problem. Reducing the amount of salt that you intake can help you reverse these negative effects.

Reducing salt in your diet

The biggest culprit of excess salt in our diets is processed foods and pre-prepped meals. Any meal that you don’t make yourself will often contain large or hidden amounts of salt. To reduce your daily intake of salt, the best thing you can do for yourself is to start to cook your own food. That way, you can easily control the amount of salt that you intake daily.

Solution to sleep problems

Reducing salt in your diet can have a big impact on your quality of sleep. If you need an extra push to help you sleep, the Dreampad is a proven solution to many sleep problems. The Dreampad Music Pillow is a natural sleep aid that works with your body’s natural relaxation response to help you sleep. Along with a healthy, low sodium diet, exercise, and a consistent bedtime routine, the Dreampad is an effective tool to improve your sleep and help you stay healthy and happy.

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