Brown Seaweed Will Put You To Sleep


So, it turns out that marine plants in general, but Brown Seaweed specifically  have depressive effects on the central nervous system and therefore induces sleep. It also has antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, anticoagulative, antiviral and inflammatory properties.

Geez. I wonder how it tastes.

CHO, S., HAN, D., KIM, S., YOON, M., YANG, H., JIN, Y., JO, J., YONG, H., LEE, S., JEON, Y. and SHIMIZU, M. (2012). Depressive Effects on the Central Nervous System and Underlying Mechanism of the Enzymatic Extract and Its Phlorotannin-Rich Fraction fromEcklonia cavaEdible Brown Seaweed. Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 76(1), pp.163-168.


Food, Hormones and The Sleep Cycle

Human studies found that insufficient sleep alters the levels of leptin and ghrelin, two hormones involved in the regulation of appetite and body fat. Leptin, released by fat cells, signals the brain to feel satiety. Ghrelin, produced in the stomach, signals hunger. Investigations reported that temporarily sleep-deprived individuals experienced hormonal changes along with greater cravings for sweet and fatty foods. A further reason for their cravings is related to the stress hormone cortisol, which can rise with sleep deprivation and contribute to hunger. In addition to altered hormone levels, people who stay awake longer have more opportunity to eat, and late-night eating often includes high-caloric foods.

I recently read a study that establishes a connection between what we eat and how it affects our sleep. Specifically through hormones that are concerned with metabolism and digestion. This was not new information. However that takeaway from this study was:

  1. Proteins and carbohydrate rich foods have a very specific effects on people’s moods and frames of mind. These differ for men and women as well as according to age.
  2. Solid foods as well as large meals may cause more sleepiness than liquid foods.

  3. Men reported greater calmness after a carbohydrate rich meal as opposed to a protein rich meal.

  4. Women felt sleepier after two hours of a carbohydrate rich meal as opposed to a protein rich meal.

There is evidence that high protein and carbohydrates meals can influence moods, attention and concentration among normal adult subjects with respect to age, gender and meal time.

Sarrafi-Zadeh, S. (2012). Nutritional Modulators of Sleep Disorders. The Open Nutraceuticals Journal, 5(1), pp.1-14.

Sleep Influencers


BTDTGTTS: Been There Done That Got The T-Shirt.

Because there are so many things that affect our sleep cycle, and our quality of sleep, I decided to chart them out and categorize them. The ones with the red dots are the things I have either tried and or have to deal with.

I have allergies, so I need an air purifier at night. Which means noise. I have an adorable dog, which means invasion of bed space. I can’t sleep in cars/buses/trains/planes, which is just a pain. Imagine a 24 hour flight with no sleep. Welcome to the hell I’m living. I am a big chicken/turkey eater. And I have been doing yoga regularly. I love baths and I have a super comfy bed. BUT I STILL CAN’T SLEEP!

Sleep Survey

I had sent out a survey to get further insights about this situation, from people around me. You can fill it up here.


Meanwhile, some of the interesting things that I learnt from this are:

  • Everyone does things besides sleep on their beds. This is a big no no from the sleep hygiene experts, but we are just so goddamn lazy. I know that I am. I live on my bed.
  • Most people use either their phones, laptops or TVs right upto their sleepy time. Again, not good. The light from these devices keep us awake and make us feel tired.
  • A vast majority wakes up at night for some reason or the other. This results in broken sleep
  • Almost everyone is stressed. Obviously.
  • A lot of people find it difficult to shut their brains off at night. Look up “Sleep Anxiety”.
  • Most people want to know more about their sleep cycles and how it affects their mind and body.
  • Nature>Bedroom>Spas are the top three choices when asked about relaxing environments.
  • Junk food is a big hit. Everyone wants a burger and fries or a pizza!

Let me know where you stand, I look forward to some interesting responses!

Himalayan Salt Lamps

Himalayan salt lamps are essentially hunks of rock salt mined from the Himalayas (typically in Pakistan) that have been hollowed out to allow a space for a light bulb or heating element. When they are on, they give off a soft, red glow.

A few days ago, I stumbled on this video, while I was wasting time on Facebook🙃


The Himalayan Salt Lamp’s claim to fame is twofold. First, the negative ion release. Negative ions supposedly impact your health directly, make you feel fresher. The problem with this claim is, that in order for salt, a stable compound, to dissociate into ions, it will have to be subjected to very high temperatures. This is no task for a meek little bulb.

“Salt crystal is naturally hygroscopic, absorbing water molecules from the air. You will notice if your salt lamp remains unlit for long periods of time, it will begin to ‘cry.’ The heat from a small light bulb keeps these beautiful crystals dry and in turn releases negative ions (the healthy ones found in abundance in places like oceans, waterfalls, even your shower) into the air,” according to the site.

Second, due to it’s pollutant attraction qualities. They say the rock salt attracts water vapour and when it hits the hot surface, the water evaporates and the pollutants it was carrying sticks to the surface of the lamp. But, scientists wonder how effective this process is, especially in large spaces. Perhaps as an accompaniment to a larger kit, the Himalayan Salt Lamp will do better.

Light Therapy

In light therapy, you sit near a special light box for a certain amount of time each day. The light from this box mimics outdoor light (which is important for regulating your body’s sleeping and waking cycles). Exposure to this bright light helps to adjust your circadian rhythm — physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle and respond primarily to light and darkness in the environment — and may help certain people sleep earlier at night or sleep later in the morning. Light therapy is designed to use visible light, while filtering out ultraviolet rays.


Light therapy works by battling all the Melatonin blocking artificial lights that we surround ourselves with on a day to day basis. Most people suffering from Insomnia, atleast in my generation have a Circadian Rhythm disorder called Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome. This happens when your body clock gets confused and messed up. By using light therapy, either naturally or artificially, you can regulate your body clock as well as melatonin levels in your brain.