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by 0 · 1 minute 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 · 7 minutes 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 · 11 minutes 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 10 · 15 minutes 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 51 · 20 minutes 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 213 · 20 minutes ago

It was as if I took a powerful prescription medication. Doesn't this contradict the widely believed notion that liver contains a strong anti fatigue factor? I usually get the weston price jolt from liver, but there have been two or three times... (more)

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Lyndsay 0 · January 12, 2013 at 3:38 AM

Maybe you were counting the sheep you ate...

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by 343 · 21 minutes 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 · 22 minutes 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 · 23 minutes 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 · 23 minutes 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 · 24 minutes 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 · 26 minutes 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 4181 · 29 minutes ago

I've noticed that if I eat a baked potato with butter and skin for breakfast then an hour later have a coffee and 5 mins after that do a workout, I push myself much harder and have more energy. But lately I've been getting insomnia which I don't... (more)

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Rene_2 0 · September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Personally, I think you should look at other causes. A coffee at 11 am is hardly going to affect your sleep, an ensuing workout.. not very likely. Stress and worries are way more effective at keeping a person awake. I presume your bedroom is up... (more)

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by 5 · 31 minutes 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 0 · 33 minutes ago

I have been on a paleoish diet since February and have seen steady progress with reduced systemic inflammation, improved mood, and better digestion, but I seem to have hit a plateau in my improvement. Prior to jumping on board I already had... (more)

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ambergarrett 0 · June 20, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Out of curiosity, what are your nighttime habits like? What is the room you sleep in like? Do you have blackout curtains and do you make an effort to stay away from all screens (TV, computer, smartphone) for 1-2 hours before bed time? I find that... (more)

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by 13 · 33 minutes 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 1608 · 37 minutes ago

Is true that getting some exercise before bed (or in the middle of the night because I can't sleep) will only make it harder for me to sleep? I've heard this before, but it makes no sense to me. Would certain types of exercise be better closer... (more)

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Sunny_Beaches 0 · May 01, 2012 at 6:11 AM

If you're really craving for some physical activity, I think a light walk wouldn't do that much harm. Or what about yoga or something calming like that? I think anything too intense will just get your heart rate and temperature up, making... (more)

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by 1418 · 38 minutes 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 419 · 40 minutes ago

i had rheumatic fever about 8 years ago and have not been the same since. from this, i did get arthritis, a heart murmur, and triscupid regurgitation of two heart valves. i was also put on antibiotics for 2 years following for preventative... (more)

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Firestorm 0 · March 16, 2012 at 5:10 PM

One thing you may want to consider is the need to restore your intestines after the long antibiotic therapy. I'd say that your symbiotic bacteria levels are probably severely depressed, and it's pretty likely that some toxin-producing ones have... (more)

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by 1026 · 42 minutes ago

At home, my sleep is okay. But as soon as I go to my dorm at the university, I wake up twice every night and have a hard time sleeping again. The room has curtains but some light shines through. The next day, I'm a zombie. As I'm working really... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · February 17, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Sounds like you need to move out if there are mold problems. That would be the easiest solution & probably safer in the long run. If you have a confirmed mold allergy, you can have your doc write a letter to the college, explaining that... (more)

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by 144 · 43 minutes 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 · 43 minutes 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 3690 · 44 minutes ago

What are the physical/psychological implications of missing a nights worth of sleep? Paleohackers always talk about IF, missing one meal, etc etc...but what about sleep? I've read bad things about "uber-sleep" (continuous napping only when... (more)

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PrimalDanny 0 · February 03, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I don't think there's any evidence of proposed theory of a benefit of missing sleep. However there is something to be said for sleeping according to natural cues rather than culture and there may not be much point trying to force yourself to... (more)

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by 8933 · 44 minutes 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 1 hour 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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