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  • Waking up at 3am consistently :(

    Hey guys,

    Anyone know why after switching to primal I wake up at 3am as if an alarm clock inside my head went off. I heard a few things here and there that lack of carbs releases something in the body causing poor sleep, but not sure as to how accurate it is. On top of that I am in the 80-100g carb range per day, so that can't really be it, can it?

    The two times I have had a sweet potato for dinner I did notice that I slept better, anecdotal evidence?

    I lift heavy about 3x a week, FWIW.

    Any insight would be appreciated!

  • #2
    what time do you go to bed? maybe your body is done sleeping at 3am. i only sleep about 4-6 hours per night, depending on the night and what time i go to bed. eating paleo for the past several years has only made that worse (better?). if i go to sleep any time before 11pm, i'm up at 3, ready to face the day. there are nights where i accidentally fall asleep around 9pm, and i'm screwed. up at 1am, ready to start my day

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    • #3
      Our Chiropractor/nutritionist advised us that this type of thing is related to blood sugar.. she recommended have a small serving of protein (quality) before bed and see how it went.. made a huge difference for my husband.. best of luck!!!
      Female 5'5", Feb. 29, 2012 SW 208, GW 160
      My journal...
      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...tml#post734883

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      • #4
        Do you stay wide awake or go back to sleep within a half hour. I almost always wake up sometime around 2 or 3 am and then go back to sleep until my alarm goes off at 4:15. Here an article written by Mark on sleep.

        What is Biphasic Sleep? | Mark's Daily Apple

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        • #5
          I go to bed about 11-12. I am awake and I can't fall asleep until 6! Then at 6 I fall asleep until 8:30 or so.

          It is kind of annoying.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by lamoka View Post
            Our Chiropractor/nutritionist advised us that this type of thing is related to blood sugar.. she recommended have a small serving of protein (quality) before bed and see how it went.. made a huge difference for my husband.. best of luck!!!
            I try not to eat 3-4 hours before bed. How close to bed is your husband eating the protein?

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            • #7
              Eating dinner right before going to bed (~ 8 pm) stabilized my sleep pattern. If I eat a light dinner and way before bedtime, I wake up about 1-2 am, voraciously hungry and can't fall asleep for an hour or two. If I fast in the am and eat a large dinner before going to bed (at least 60% of daily calories) I still wake up about 2 am, but go to sleep almost immediately until I am ready to be up at about 3:45-4 am.
              My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
              When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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              • #8
                Eat more carbs (starchy tubers, sweet potatoes or maybe some fruit) closer to bed time...Don't eat vitamin D later than 2 pm (if you supplement with that).
                Take a walk on the wild side.

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                • #9
                  Leida, how much time between dinner and bed?

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                  • #10
                    30 min to an hour, whatever it takes to get to bed after supper, chat with my daughter & read a little.
                    My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
                    When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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                    • #11
                      I wake up once or twice every night. I blame it on my three year old who wakes up and comes into our bedroom and needs to be put back to sleep. Every. Fucking. Night.

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                      • #12
                        I have almost the exact same issue - right down to times and all.

                        I now keep ear plugs and an eye mask within reach - both of which seem to allow me to sleep a little more soundly. I'm also eating later in the evening, which like others said, seems to help! Otherwise, I'm up at like 3 or 4:00am and have a hell of a time falling back asleep until about 6:00. It's really not ideal for us desk jockies doing the 9-5 plus commute.

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                        • #13
                          Exactly! I have to be up and out of the house at 9 and it is a pain in the arse. Essentially between 3 and 6 I am tossing and turning like an idiot. So in total I get about 5 hours of sleep. That sucks.

                          I was always under the impression that eating before bed is bad...arg.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by rkd80 View Post
                            Exactly! I have to be up and out of the house at 9 and it is a pain in the arse. Essentially between 3 and 6 I am tossing and turning like an idiot. So in total I get about 5 hours of sleep. That sucks.

                            I was always under the impression that eating before bed is bad...arg.
                            Shedding the conventional wisdom crap is all part of the process and from what I can tell, this isn't any different...

                            but maybe someone who knows a little better can chime in on the later in the night eating thing? I'm curious, too.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by rkd80 View Post
                              I try not to eat 3-4 hours before bed. How close to bed is your husband eating the protein?
                              Not calling for a huge meal, but some yogurt or cottage cheese.. I find a few bites of really hardy chili works for me.. that was before primal.. since primal I really don't have that issue.. but he did.. let us know!
                              Female 5'5", Feb. 29, 2012 SW 208, GW 160
                              My journal...
                              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...tml#post734883

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