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by 0 · about 7 hours ago

Hi everyone! I'm 16 years old, and I've been eating healthy for over a year now. I started following a healthy diet with a little bit of grains, but also mainly meat, fruits vegetables, etc. and I started feeling incredible. I even followed a... (more)

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Natascha 0 · June 10, 2014 at 9:12 PM

I think you're answering to your own question, young mister!:D The longer you have candida overgrowth, the bigger your 'old' problems are, and more 'new' problems come - your fungi are thriving, so making more and more problems. Whdn you study... (more)

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by 134 · about 7 hours ago

I have tried everything listed over seven years. I have been on an "autoimmune protocol Paleo" for two years. Oddly, I never get sick although I frequently live off of a forced 3 hours of sleep every day from taking sleep supplements (otherwise I... (more)

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raydawg 0 · June 08, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Sounds like you might not be making enough melatonin, or you're consuming something that keeps you awake. Some people, myself included, are slow metabolizers of caffeine. If you've had your genes sequenced by 23andMe or Ancestry, unzip the file... (more)

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by 5 · about 7 hours ago

All a sudden out of nowhere I have developed insomnia. I cannot sleep at all. Which is just madness. Anyways, I have had problems with insomnia in the past. But I've been sleeping okay for about the last year. I had gotten food... (more)

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raydawg 0 · May 14, 2014 at 8:37 PM

From what I hear, DE is used to get rid of parasites, and parasites can cause waking in the middle of the night. The other 3AM wakeup root cause is low glucose. So maybe try to increase your carbs. Eat some starchy carbs with your dinner. ... (more)

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by 0 · about 7 hours ago

I'm giving paleo a second attempt and have a few new symptoms. Sometime last year I gave it my first go and went from 273 to 225 lbs. Fell off the bandwagon around the holidays as a "treat" and started again a week ago. Started at 219 and... (more)

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crosscow 0 · March 29, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Thanks guys. I'll seek some medical advice. I knew something was wrong because I LOVE food. How I got so big in the first place...eating 2-3 fast food meals or a whole pizza as a serving.

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by 5 · about 7 hours ago

Hi, I'm about 3 weeks into paleo so I know my symptoms must still be settling in but I recently moved into a time zone 3 hours earlier, which isn't a huge difference. Before I slept from 9-11 to 6 am and I loved being a morning person, them I... (more)

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J__Stanton___gnolls_org 0 · September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Upon waking, get natural light as soon as possible. I assume your basement apartment has either no windows or tiny windows, so you'll have to go outside. Look up Seth Roberts' "faces therapy" and do that in the morning, after light exposure.... (more)

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by 10 · about 7 hours ago

I've had dark circles under my eyes since I was a child, which made me conclude that it's probably a genetic thing and that there isn't much that I can do about it. However, they are not constantly there, I notice it changes a lot. For example:... (more)

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Eddie_B 0 · May 21, 2013 at 3:52 PM

I will second this by adding that I had dark circles my entire life until I gave up alcohol, and then got onto paleo. Also changing my lifestyle so I get to bed early and ensure a minimum of 8 hours sleep per night. This took a couple of years but... (more)

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by 4176 · about 7 hours ago

Pardon the super awkward wording of that question. Surprisingly, I am a native English speaker. I know there are other threads along the same subject, but I couldn't find an answer to this. I very, very rarely turn to any sort of sleep aid... (more)

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raydawg 0 · April 29, 2013 at 3:20 PM

I think we need someone to make a clean supplement that provides timed release melatonin at slightly ever increasing levels until it reaches a peak release, followed by a drop and decreased release. Sort of like a flat line going into a sharp... (more)

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by 10 · about 7 hours ago

I have reactive hypoglycemia. In order to fix it, I'm now following a paleo zone diet. My hypoglycemia has improved a lot. Although my basal (fasting) glycemia is 109 and I'm very skinny. Maybe too high considering how and what I eat (doctors say... (more)

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x100 0 · March 16, 2013 at 1:46 PM

The best thing I've found for sleep - and it felt like I tried everything - is severely limiting light for the last few hours before bed. It worked overnight for me. Literally. It seems to be the blue wavelength in light that stops the sleep... (more)

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by 35 · about 7 hours ago

I know there have been a ton of sleep questions on this site (I've asked about it previously myself) but I'm stuck again. I just can't fall or stay asleep lately at all. We're talking maybe 2 hours of sleep, tops. I've been following all the Paleo... (more)

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Stephen_4 0 · February 11, 2013 at 9:53 PM

A 20 minute cold shower right before bed knocks me out like a baby. That's just my n=1 though, if you try it let me know if it worked for you too.

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by 51 · about 7 hours ago

I have currently switched over to paleo (3 weeks in) I'm very overweight due to my autoimmune disease, Graves' disease. I'm 255 5'6 and 30% body fat, according to my measurements & being tested at the gym. I can't workout much because my... (more)

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hackadoodle82 0 · January 12, 2013 at 6:40 PM

I know you say you can't do much about the insomnia, but what have you tried so far? I used to sleep like crap because of my thyroid issues (and still occasionally have bad nights). I use a combination of l-theanine (200mg) and melatonin... (more)

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by 343 · about 7 hours ago

Hi all, I'm looking for some advice regarding my awful sleep. I'm one of those people who goes to bed reasonably early (say 9.30-10pm) and falls asleep without too much problem, then wakes up anywhere around 1-3 am, is awake until around 6, then... (more)

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CoconutBliss 0 · December 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I encountered this a few months back. Was exercising rather intensively and frequently on low-carb. I simply wasn't providing my body with the appropriate resources to replenish itself post-workout. Would wake up around 3am every night without... (more)

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by 825 · about 7 hours ago

it happens each time i attempt a ketogenic diet. i eat high-quality foods and that doesn't seem to matter. i also experience tingling arms and legs when trying to sleep on a low carb diet. anyone know what the problem could be?

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julianne 0 · December 06, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Carbohydrates are required to drive tryptophan into the body. Tryptophan is the precursor of seretonin Serotonin converts to melotonin - the sleep hormone Very low carb diets may drive serotonin and melotonin low - leaving you unable to... (more)

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by 5 · about 7 hours ago

I have recently been prescribed melatonin 2mg for severe insomnia. The first night I took it I was knocked out, which was lovely but I had strange grogginess/ slowing down of my whole system for the next 2 days. I have low blood pressure as it is... (more)

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anonymous_12 0 · November 15, 2012 at 1:39 AM

I think melatonin sucks big time. Especially in winter. The better bet is to try to manage your light exposure better. Try as best as you can to get early morning sun (if it exists in your area this time of year) and after sunset it's lights out... (more)

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by 460 · about 7 hours ago

First off, I have a confession to make. For a long time I???ve been a bit annoyed by how often paleohackers blame random symptoms on a malfunctioning thyroid. It seems like every time someone has an unexplained or mysterious complaint, people are... (more)

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ElisaOS 0 · November 11, 2012 at 2:25 AM

If at all possible, do get tested and appropriately treated. I'll tell you what I think, without knowing much, as a sufferer of Hashimoto's. Sometimes, people with Hashimoto's go hyper before going hypo. It happened to me. So if you do have... (more)

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by 261 · about 7 hours ago

Hi All, this is an experiment, not really a question. If it is not acceptable on this website, please delete the thread. I've been suffering from insomnia and IBS for 20 years (I'm 33 now). Maybe I was born with this problem, I don't know. What... (more)

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Kyev 0 · October 30, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Hi Michael, I tried water fasting for 24 days (almost 2 years ago) to get rid of my IBS and a skin condition... while my symptoms were reduced during the fast it did nothing to tackle the root of the issue. I'm now fairly certain that what I... (more)

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by 5 · about 8 hours ago

Hello! I started a paleo trial (well, primal I guess since I???m still eating dairy) a little over a week ago and these past four nights I have had terrible insomnia. I???ve been waking up after only an hour or two of sleep and can???t get back... (more)

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Renee_2 0 · September 29, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Just curious, are you eating coconut oil with/after dinner? That can rev your metabolism and make you feel a bit wired.

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by 5 · about 8 hours ago

I had a knee scope on 7/3. I eat paleo with dairy (cream + cheese) and per below some coffee and some alcohol (though not at all for past week for either). I only tend to eat 2 meals per day, and pretty low carb. Last night I added a bunch of... (more)

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Crowlover_ 0 · July 21, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Sorry. This sounds very hard. Better times ahead so don't worry. I agree with Matt. Get off the narcotics and Ambien. Narcotics are known to mess up sleep. Get some 5htp ASAP and take it at night is my recommendation. It really helps. You... (more)

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by 971 · about 8 hours ago

Several times now I've had trouble falling asleep due to a weird spasm feeling, almost like tightening and relaxing at the same time, mostly in my low back. It's not achy or painful, it just feels like it wants to relax all the way and almost is... (more)

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Rob_28 0 · July 05, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Try using a foam roller and see if that helps with the tension. Your muscle might just need a little bit of deep massaging. Could be as simple as that. This could more have to do with your exercise/daily activity habits than diet.

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by 13 · about 8 hours ago

INSOMNIA AND ICTUS RISK: why? An article just published claims that those who suffer from insomnia may ICTUS and cardiovascular disease risk in practice. The problem is that those who can not sleep and suffer from insomnia have a bacterial... (more)

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by 1418 · about 8 hours ago

I made a post yesterday about how I think I am in ketosis and I am having trouble sleeping. Then last night I slept but don't think I had a dream, but today early in the morning is when I slept deep and was having dreams and they were horrible. I... (more)

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Tazchick 0 · April 18, 2012 at 1:49 AM

I didn't necessarily have nightmares, but the dreams sure got interesting. I don't even watch The Walking Dead, and I've had wild zombie dreams. Now I'm just working on how to put some of those images into a coherent plot!

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by 144 · about 8 hours ago

Any ideas what food would be a good one to eat before bed? Been having issues with waking up at 3:30 AM, on a very consistent basis. Wake up with my heart pounding, wide awake, and quite anxious. Seems like my blood sugar is bottoming out and my... (more)

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citrusfire 0 · February 17, 2012 at 1:42 AM

Dont know about the heart pounding anxiety business, but: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/19/opinion/19ekirch.html?_r=2. "We now also know that pre-industrial families commonly experienced a "broken" pattern of sleep, though few contemporaries... (more)

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by 1608 · about 8 hours ago

Last night and tonight I ate several teaspoons of coconut oil, just before bed, in an effort to fight off a certain lipid-coated virus. Last night I got maybe 4 hours of sleep, and I usually get 7-8 no problem. Tonight, same thing - ate a bunch... (more)

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Thomy 0 · February 09, 2012 at 12:07 PM

The MCTs inside coconut oil speed up metabolism. Maybe not what you want prior to bed :-) In larger doses they make some people nauseous. Some unfortunate folks like me happen to be allergic to coconut products, this may also be an option. I... (more)

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by 8933 · about 8 hours ago

I'm prone to hypoglycemia, and don't tolerate fasting well. However, I probably won't be able to make 3 meals a day when going to college. When I eat twice daily, though, I can't sleep well at all, and I get stressed out a bit easier. How can I... (more)

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Nance 0 · January 21, 2012 at 8:54 PM

I agree with Jeff--if you must eat frequently to maintain comfortable BG you are probably not releasing and burning stored fat well. The leptin reset could definitely help break that cycle. When leptin wasn't working right for me, all I could... (more)

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by 45 · about 8 hours ago

I used to drink 2/3 glasses of wine a night, so I decided to cut that down since it felt excessive. Now I think I'm realizing that wine causes me several issues. 1. Insomnia 2. I overheat heavily while trying to sleep 3. I start to sneeze like... (more)

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Jess_5 0 · December 27, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Hey! I tend to get warm with wine and I sneeze too! There are actually histamines that are created during fermentation, which is what causes the sneezing. The insomnia could be from the sugar that is created as your body processes the alcohol. ... (more)

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by 2565 · about 8 hours ago

Recently I was researching serotonin and appetite. I keep coming across research showing that tryptophan and 5htp decreases appetite and helps with insomnia. I've been taking it for several months and it helps me sleep but also increases my... (more)

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Rogue_Nutritionist 0 · December 22, 2011 at 12:00 AM

5-HTP and L-tryptophan are given to anorexics and bulemics to raise seratonin levels, which plays a role in appetite regulation. An anorexic has no appetite, and returning seratonin levels to normal will help a normal sense of hunger return, while... (more)

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