I've never been a great sleeper, but for the last 3 and a half years (since turning veggie), it's gotten significantly worse.
I've been to doctors, naturopaths, psychotherapists. I've tried natural sleeping pills, anti-anxiety pills (not regularly), giving up caffeine, doing Yoga, going to bed earlier (on a regular basis) and perfecting my "sleep hygiene". Nothing worked. Everyone told me it was stress, and that there was no link between diet and insomnia.
I went Primal a month ago. Wow. My energy is off the chart, brain fog is gone, my hair is healthier, my skin is less dry... and I'm happier! My diet is vegetarian primal (with dairy) and lots of nuts. I usually eat three solid meals a day: breakfast between 4.30-5.30am (sigh), lunch between 1-2pm, and dinner between 5.30pm - 6.30pm. (In accordance with conventional wisdom!) Everything has been fine except for one thing.
For the last two weeks my sleep is getting worse. I go to bed at 10.30pm, usually fall asleep without too much trouble, but once 2.30am hits, I start to wake every 15 - 30 minutes. By 4.30am I have to get up and eat something.
Now here's the thing. It's not hunger that motivates me to eat - but a sense of urgency. I feel like if I don't eat my nerves are going to be shot.
Once I do eat something, I might be able to go back to bed, but it's for an hour of really heavy, unrefreshing sleep.
It's getting to the point where my skin is starting to break out from sleep deprivation, and I am starting to bloat / put on fat, even though I am eating less (no snacking) and healthier food stuffs than ever! There is a well documented connection between insomnia and gaining weight (due to the hormone ghrelin) so I should possibly take some before and after photos... if my sleep has improved by the end of the month I'll post them - it will be interesting to see if I'm lost some fat. If it hasn't improved, I won't bother.