Fasting and Better Sleep

How Intermittent Fasting Helps Improve Memory & Brain Function

Sleep plays a vital role in our overall total wellbeing. In fact, when you are sleeping, your body is hard at work! From growth and development, to rebuilding and repairing, and even improving cognitive abilities and function, sleep should be(come) your daily priority. 

Your body’s internal 24 hour body clock dictates when you are tired and when you are awake. This is also known as your body’s circadian rhythm. A compound called “adenosine” and the environment are two processes that interact with one another to regulate this rhythm. 

Adenosine rises as the day progresses, signaling a move from being awake towards going to sleep. The reverse happens when you are sleeping; adenosine is broken down by the body and preparing to start anew the next day. 

On the other hand, your environment signals the body to either feel awake or feel tired based on whether it is light or dark (i.e. morning vs. evening). The hormone “melatonin” is released in the evening, and one of the biggest reasons for helping your body fall asleep (and get tired for that matter).

How Fasting Can Lead to Better Sleep

Research continues to show that fasting can have significant improvements on sleep. In one study, the effects of sleep quality and patterns, coupled with daily attentitivenes and performance, were analyzed in 15 non-obese particiapnts during a 1 week modified fast. The results showed that the 13 individuals who had completed the duration of the fast showed a decrease in weight, arousals, and occasional leg movement, with an increase in daily performance, energy, quality of sleep, and improved mental health too! 

It has also been shown that individuals who participate in an intermittent fasting protocol have an increase in a neurotransmitter linked to feeling more awake called “orexin-A.” What’s interesting is fasting individuals will notice a decrease in this neurotransmitter in the evening, correlating to a better night’s sleep, and an increase during the day, providing more focused energy and alertness.


With research touting fasting as an extremely beneficial way to improve sleep, being consistent with your fasting practice will support your efforts even more! One of the ways to help you “stay the course,” and reap all the benefits of your intermittent fasting regime, is with our easy dissolve mints that use Citravarin to block hunger pains. Safe, and easy to use, Citravarin is made using THCV - the very cannabinoid found in cannabis - but without the high. These daily fasting mints will help you stay focused, and kick cravings, so you can experience all the amazing benefits of your fast, including reduced inflammation, skin, and memory, improved performance, longevity and, of course, better sleep.

Benefits of Getting a Full Night’s Sleep

Beyond the recommendations of making sure you get, at least, 7-8 hours of sleep each night, here are some of the other benefits of getting a full night’s sleep!

  • 😴 Increase in overall daily function, alertness, and being able to think clearer
  • 😴 Improved attention and focus
  • 😴 Better able to think rationally
  • 😴 Quicker reflexes
  • 😴 More work productivity and/or daily to-do’s
  • 😴 Improved mood and less likely to develop depression
  • 😴 Improved energy balance & appetite regulation, which correlates to weight maintenance
  • 😴 Decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease
  • 😴 Keeps our immune system and hormones functioning properly (and at a high level)

Tips to Sleep Better At Night

If you are one of the 70% of Americans who do not get a sufficient amount of sleep every night, here are some ways you can wake up feeling more rested & energized, and keep your health in check too. 

  • 😴 Move more: Daily exercise of, at least, 20 minutes - preferable early in the day - has been shown to increase the effectiveness of the sleep hormone melatonin. Although your availability to workout may vary each day, aiming to do so in the morning will be less likely to affect your sleep, and work more in conjunction with your body’s natural circadian rhythm. 
  • 😴 Create a sleep environment: Keeping the electronic devices and TV’s to other parts of the house will keep your sleep less stimulating and more restful.
  • 😴 Create a comfortable sleep ritual: Not only is a dark, cool environment ideal for a good night’s sleep, but creating a calming ritual helps prepare the body for a sound sleep too. Things like a hot bath, reading, and even meditation are a few examples of what you can try.
  • 😴 Watch food, alcohol, and caffeine consumption: Too much food, too close to bed, can have you tossing and turning, while alcohol & caffeine may stimulate and disrupt your sleep in the middle of the night.
  • 😴 Stress less: Focus on ways to destress and relax, leaving your “worries” until the next day. Meditation and relaxation techniques are a couple examples of ways to quiet your mind so you can sleep better.

Getting a sufficient amount of sleep is more than just a checkmark of your to-do list. Knowing WHY sleep is valuable and beneficial to your overall health and wellbeing, and implementing the various strategies discussed, you will be doing your body a world of good!. And, if you are finding that you are still struggling with being able to sleep soundly, why not give intermittent fasting a try?

Worried about cravings?

If you like the idea of using intermittent fasting to relieve inflammation, you might be worried about food cravings sabotaging your fast. If so, check out Temper's Citravarin Fasting Mints to block cravings.

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