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    Better sleep when not in ketosis. Which is preferred?

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    I was talking about this in my blog but thought I might get some ideas if I posted this thread instead. I have trouble sleeping when in ketosis. It seems I feel and sleep better when I have around 60 to 70 carbs in my diet.
    Sleep is very important to lower stress hormones so does anyone know of any research or ideas on what I might do about this?
    I think my weight loss stall will continue unless I can stay in ketosis more. OR is this self defeating because it may not work either since cortisal will increase due to lack of sleep stress????

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    maybe because you are really worried being in ketosis?

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    not worrying about being in ketosis will also lower stress hormones..

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    Ketosis does tend to produce insomnia. Dr. Eades talked about it once in his blog.
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    Good question Classic. Lack of sleep can effect weight loss as can stress. I read Eades' blog on the subject and if I recall he says he takes a teaspoon of honey before bed to temporarily take him out of ketosis until he gets to sleep. Didn't work for me, however I think my sleep issues are down to other causes. I have recently taken combined 5-htp and magnesium and it seems to be helping.

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    I've been in heavy ketosis for about 6 weeks now, and I consistently sleep about one hour or so less than I did before. At first, it worried me, as I set my alarm for 4:45 and will be wide awake at 3:30. I generally go to bed around 8:30 or 9, and it takes about 10 minutes to fall asleep. So from 9 to 3:30 is only 6.5 hours and I had been sleeping 8 hours.

    But, I'm finding that I am not suffering any typical problems with getting less sleep. I'm wide awake through the day, have adequate energy, have an optimistic viewpoint, and I sleep soundly when I'm sleeping, so I have decided that for me, ketosis means I don't need as much sleep, which I'm taking as a very positive side effect of weight loss and overall health. I seem to be one of those people who function best while in ketosis, so I'm quite pleased about changes to my sleeping patterns.

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    Thanks for all the comments. I have been wanting to read Eades books so I think I will order one.

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