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by 1026 · 1 minute 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 · 1 minute 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 · 2 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 · 2 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 · 3 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 · 5 minutes 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 · 5 minutes 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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by 572 · 8 minutes ago

Female, middle 50s, 200 pounds, 5'7". I have fairly severe insomnia. Frankly, it's been a problem since my 30s when I was a young momma. Currently working with my gyno and compounding P\pharmacist to get the right bio cream for me (long process -... (more)

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Eric_S 0 · November 07, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Since the leptin reset protocol is premised on how 'old' leptin receptors are wired to adapt to light changes, when you wake up in the middle of the night, I would wait to eat your BAB until about 30 minutes after sunrise.

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by 7223 · 11 minutes ago

I've been eating a paleo diet for about 2 months. I kind of eased into it at first, but now I am totally paleo with occasional white rice (in sushi rolls) about once a month. I eat only pastured meats, lots of veggies, some fruit (mostly berries),... (more)

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Renee_1 0 · September 14, 2011 at 3:11 PM

I like my beans to help keep regular and the body does adjust to eating them and you don't fart. My body adjusted to eating more meat. The beans have enough carbs to fuel my brain keep me from going insane without eating bread. I used to get... (more)

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by 581 · 11 minutes ago

Instinct tells me that it's better to just sleep, because that's what really heals your body. I even read somewhere that sleeping will calories (I don't know how factual this is, however). And so I wonder... If you're tired, but need to workout,... (more)

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Pieter_D 0 · September 14, 2011 at 9:49 AM

If I were you, I would just go for a walk outside, preferably somewhere green, or maybe ride your bike. See what that does. Sleep deprivation and building strength and condition do not match. You need quality and quantity of recovery!! But you... (more)

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by 318 · 11 minutes ago

This isn't so much a question on what to do to treat insomnia, as I've pretty much read everything under the sun to try and treat it, but more what do people do to try to minimise the negative effects it can have if chronic. How do people stay... (more)

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UncleLongHair 0 · September 08, 2011 at 2:56 PM

I've had sleep "issues" as long as I can remember. The Paleo diet helps a lot as does regular exercise. Though if I am strict very low carb, after a while (few weeks to a few months depending on exercise levels), it seems like I get out of the... (more)

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by 390 · 13 minutes ago

I have some stress and adrenal issues... Even if i don't drink any water 4 hours before going to bed, i still get up to go to to the bathroom 1 or 2 times per night. It used to be 3. In either case, I can't sleep after 3-4AM. I've... (more)

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Gazelle 0 · August 10, 2011 at 12:04 PM

I've been there. Do NOT fast if you have adrenal fatigue. Eat regular meals and eat breakfast every day. Completely cut out caffeine, alcohol and any other stimulants for now. Eat enough carbs and don't over-exercise. In fact, STOP exercising for... (more)

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by 2297 · 16 minutes ago

So, after reading some stuff on 180degreehealth, I got a little freaked out, and decided to to come out of keto, which I was thinking about doing for a while anyway. I was in keto for roughly two months, eating very low carb, with probably a... (more)

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Krisha_C_ 0 · November 18, 2011 at 7:19 PM

It might a blood sugar issue. If you're used to being in ketosis, and suddenly you're ramping up your blood sugar before bed, you're essentially a toddler with a juice box. Try doing the carbs earlier in the day and leaving more time before you go... (more)

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by 2153 · 18 minutes ago

For the last week and a half, I've had a very hard time getting to sleep before 1 or 2am. The only other times I've had trouble sleeping is the night before a big stressful even (not the case here) and I took care of it with a single Benadryl. I'm... (more)

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Eric_S 0 · May 25, 2011 at 8:07 PM

I think its a bad sign that you wake up hungry. Since we paleos typically run on fat rather than carbs, our hunger is less acute and more stable because our blood sugar doesn't go crazy. You, like me, might be higher carb than average, since you... (more)

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by 78422 · 20 minutes ago

Can someone explain to me why magnesium negatively impacts sleep for some people (if taken too close to bedtime)? I know most people sleep better when taking magnesium close to bed, but there are some of us (me, included) for whom the opposite... (more)

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bsunde 0 · April 20, 2011 at 10:23 PM

One possibility: magnesium may not cause sleep problems. For example, it could be that some individuals with sleep issues may be especially interested in alleged sleep aids such as "Natural Calm" in the first place. And one may be more tempted... (more)

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by 310 · 22 minutes ago

I have been Paleo for a couple months now and have sleeping issues that have persisted throughout the better part of my life. I am INCREDIBLY sensitive to the quality of my sleep. I am not remotely a person who can get six hours and feel normal... (more)

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Lindsay 0 · February 26, 2011 at 2:33 PM

I would highly recommend NOT using medications. They actually push you past REM stage in sleep and can, after prolonged use (in addition to the other problems already mentioned by other hacks above) can result in waking... (more)

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by 421 · 26 minutes ago

So, I rarely cheat with gluten but I have twice in the last several months... One of those times being yesterday when I had a baguette. I'm noticing that both times that I had gluten- I ended up with a terrible case of insomnia. Has anyone else... (more)

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Karna 0 · November 09, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Yes absolutely - this happens to me as well. When I eat sugar and/or gluten I wake up at 3 am and is unable to go back to sleep at least for a few hours. I have tried it several times but each time I had both gluten and sugar during the day so I... (more)

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by 865 · 27 minutes ago

I've recently noticed that on days when I perform "high intensity" exercise (either heavy compound weight training or sprints) I end up with insomnia and toss and turn the whole night. I've been paleo (plus pastured butter and cheese) for a year... (more)

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Eva 0 · July 21, 2010 at 4:29 AM

I am going to take a guess and wonder if it might be glycogen depletion. If you have been slowly increasing your weight load and amount of muscle, your glycogen needs may be going up and you may have reached a point where you are drastically... (more)

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by 120 · 29 minutes ago

interesting article about sleep patterns before the advent of electricity. any thoughts or experiences on this? 1st and 2nd Sleep (more)

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Cave_Man_Mind_1 0 · February 25, 2010 at 12:11 AM

Here is more on sleep but this time of natural sleeping positions by humans without a 'modern' bed/pillow. Pictures included!!!!! Instinctive sleeping and resting postures: an anthropological and zoological approach to treatment of low back and... (more)

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by 0 · about 22 hours ago

I started taking organic raw Maca powder about a week ago cause I read about a lot of health benefits it can provide and so I wanted to try it. I didn't have any specific thing I am trying to cure or anything like that, I just wanted to try it... (more)

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jeldesp 0 · August 07, 2014 at 8:31 AM

thanks for answering Myth, I totally agree with you that no supplement is worth my sleep. I have also been researching the raw vs cooked maca and I think I will definitelly switch to the gelatinized and probably cook up the rest of this raw powder... (more)

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by 134 · about 23 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 23 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 23 hours ago

i always have a issue with sleeping ( deprivation-insomnia ) the day when i workout any type of intense workout like crossfit ,I thought I might be over training, so I took two weeks off to rest, but the same came right back when I started up... (more)

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Michael_17 0 · May 05, 2014 at 2:47 PM

This has heppened to me sometimes, although generally if i have coffee in the late afternoon I atrributed it to that... I tihnk it could be cortisil related though... Are you eating adequately int eh post workout phases to shut down... (more)

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by 5 · about 23 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 23 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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