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  • help cant sleep on this diet so far!

    Ive only gotten one decent night sleep since starting my first week. I"ve been following primal eating 100% and i go to bed the pretty much the same time every night, tonight i tried zma to see if that would help but it did'nt. i have no other side effects and other wise feel great so its kinda wierd...i hate not sleeping!

  • #2
    Are you waking up feeling refreshed?

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    • #3
      Are you taking a magnesium supplement? That definitely helped me. Also, make sure it's not just hunger pangs keeping you awake...are you eating enough later in the day?
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      • #4
        +1 on the magneseum supps. I work nights and my sleep paterns get really messed up. I just started taking magneseum citrate and i does really help.
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        • #5
          are you exercising? it takes me 3-4 times as long to fall asleep and stay asleep when i'm not active for recovery or something.
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          • #6
            I couldnt sleep the first few weeks either. The magnesium right before bed really helps. After a few weeks I was able to stop taking it.
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            • #7
              I couldn't sleep the first week, either, and I am someone who has no problem sleeping. It's just a normal part of the change, I think.

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              • #8
                I definately don't sleep as "deep" and it takes a bit longer. I am not a clock watcher, so I am not sure how to quantify this. I do have blacked out windows. I have no light sources in my room.

                I also wake up half way through the night now. I use the time to stretch, hit the rest room, and sip a little water. I then go back to bed.
                If your food is fast, maybe you should fast.

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                • #9
                  thanks for the replies and helping me out through this. to answer all the questions my energy has remained really good though the lack of sleep is starting to take its toll on inhibit my succeess i feel...i work out 5-6 days a week 3x heavy wieghts for 30 mins and the other days 65% heart rate for 45 mins or a nice walk outside....i did take a zinc mag, and b6 pill before bed(its called zma supposed to help you sleep) but actually had the worst sleep last night did not fall asleep till 4 am....i'm gonna go to the store and get some mag today and see how that works...o and its wierd last week i was starving i was ravenous i coud'nt eat enough food and now my appetite is nothing unrelated i guess but strange i guess

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                  • #10
                    Perhaps its a cortisol issue and you are doing too much. I've heard Robb Wolf describe a precursor to a cotisol issue is restless sleep...like not being able to shut your brain off at night. Maybe you need to work out less and focus on your sleep. Then reintroduce your workouts after that. Sleep is very important.
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                    • #11
                      monty i would agree with you and i used to overtrain with the wieghts when i lifted for and hour and 30-45 mins but that was years ago, my sleep before primal was fine and i was doing the same workout routine....its does feel like an overtraining type of restless tho

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                      • #12
                        would anybody suggest a cortisol manager type of supplement?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bighok View Post
                          would anybody suggest a cortisol manager type of supplement?
                          Short of sleeping pills, I'm not sure without seeing a Dr.

                          Some tips: make sure your room is completely dark, ease off the tv/computer right before bed, make sure you aren't working out or eating too close to bed time.

                          Take a look at Robb Wolf's podcasts (they are free on his web site and are around an hour in length). I'm only up to #14, but he continually suggests that if your sleep is bad or off in any way, its time to approach your work outs in another way. Maybe throwing in more light days or walking days or eliminating days all together. Unfortunately, there is no "one size fits all" approach; otherwise we'd all be ripped like Sisson. Good luck at catchin' some z's.
                          My weak attempt at a journal:http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread35809.html

                          M/30y/190#

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                          • #14
                            i hear ya! sleeping might be my favorite thing to do also pathetic as that may sound

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                            • #15
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                              i hear ya! sleeping might be my favorite thing to do also pathetic as that may sound

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