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    Quote Originally Posted by Zach View Post
    Sugar blunts stress hormones. Salt helps greatly as well.
    Would you say more, please, or share some links?

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    Just to clarify, I'm not seeking to resolve sleep issues. I don't see how eating carbs for dinner or after dinner can contribute to better sleep. I'm looking for information or evidence (including anecdotal) to further my thinking on the topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by secret agent girl View Post
    Just to clarify, I'm not seeking to resolve sleep issues. I don't see how eating carbs for dinner or after dinner can contribute to better sleep. I'm looking for information or evidence (including anecdotal) to further my thinking on the topic.
    To put it simply...
    1. Carbs cause the initial insulin spike.
    2. The body thinks, wow, lots of energy, how can I put this to good use?
    3. Tryptophan is in high gear, pumping serotonin to the muscles, causing them to relax.

    And...Vitamins, Minerals and antioxidants....
    Vit C = Which we know is good for tissue strength and immune system.
    B6 = For blood cells and insulin regulation.
    Potassium = General regulation of the body.
    Chlorogenic acid = A antioxidant for.... Preventing high blood pressure!

    As you can see, its a very complex food, a lot more then people think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedonist2 View Post
    I sleep very soundly and fairly restfully. I sleep so soundly that I don't move around. (Yes, I am sure.) So I'm stiff when I wake up. Would cutting out dairy and peanut butter help? It is a moot point.
    Nobody is going to pick this one up and run with it???? What is happening to this forum???

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc View Post
    To put it simply...
    1. Carbs cause the initial insulin spike.
    2. The body thinks, wow, lots of energy, how can I put this to good use?
    3. Tryptophan is in high gear, pumping serotonin to the muscles, causing them to relax.
    So insulin results in the release or activation of tryptophan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by secret agent girl View Post
    So insulin results in the release or activation of tryptophan?
    Hmm, well, I like to think of of it this way....
    Tryptophan, Serotonin and Melatonin are all essential amino acids....

    Tryptophan =Affects mood, eat Protein.
    Serotonin = Affects body, eat Carbs.
    Melatonin = Affects sleep, relies on the other two.

    I suppose you could think of everyday examples.....

    Tryptophan = Dem feels off chomping a Chicken breast.
    Serotonin = Dem feels off eating Spuds (or a huge bag of Doritoes)
    Melatonin = That Roast/Thanksgiving/Christmas Dinner which knocks you to sleep.

    All of this (learning) is relatively new to me, too!
    I have awful sleeping patterns, so, spacing out various Meats and Proteins will be good for keeping the mood high throughout the day.
    I'll try to fit in 2-3 carb sources, at the right times, more or less, later on in the day in late afternoon.

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