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Anyone else have "too much" energy now?

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Created August 27, 2010 at 12:26 PM

So I've cleaned up my eating, I would assume I am at least 80% Paleo now probably more..but I'll be humble here. I'm attempting to get my 8 hours of sleep at night, but good lord. My body has so much energy now. I lay in bed last night at 12:00am, wanting to go outside and do some sprints. :) I know this is a good thing, but Is causing me to get less then 8 hours of snooze time.

I'm not eating close to bed, not working out close to bed time. Just normal activity...my body just wants to keep running.

What to do?

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60 · February 26, 2014 at 12:47 AM

Actually eight hours is probably too little, once you cut out artificial light. In biphasic sleep studies, the subjects essentially slept for 9-10 hours. Before light bulbs, people slept more. Having read about all that, I always find it amusing when people mention the 6-8. Imagine you are in a place where the only artificial light is fire. Night time is 10-12 hours long. In order to sleep 6 hours, you would need to be awake for 6 hours is near total darkness during the longest nights!

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60 · February 26, 2014 at 12:44 AM

Or, epsom salts baths. I find the supplements give me the runs. The baths however are proven to work and don't have that side effect.

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2520 · August 29, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Absolutely. Even Mercola and his chosen studies claim that 7 is the magic number... Personally, I get around 7 on work nights, and then if I'm allowed to on the weekend I'll easily stay unconscious for 12 hours... Not good! I tend to think that if you find a workable routine that has you feeling rested and hitting a biological rhythm, you're winning.

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247 · August 27, 2010 at 7:38 PM

good idea wonder what the wife would think :)

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2374 · August 27, 2010 at 4:54 PM

All great advice. Also try moving carb consumption to earlier in the day... I had an ear of corn (yeah yeah, not paleo, but local and goooood) with dinner the other day and I think it's what gave me sleep trouble (rare for me) later that night.

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1973 · August 27, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Why not uh run sprints ?

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22913 · August 27, 2010 at 2:47 PM

I agree........

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247 · August 27, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Well I've already got to kids. :) 4 and 18 months. Maybe to I need some more sun only getting in about 5-10 minutes a day. Always inside at my desk!

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320 · August 27, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Try supplementing with Magnesium before you go to sleep. I use natural Calm.

Also, I second the thought of no TV before trying to sleep, as well as blocking out light in your room.

A great read that is full of info and tips is "Lights out: Sleep, Sugar and Survival"

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22913 · August 27, 2010 at 2:47 PM

I agree........

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2374 · August 27, 2010 at 4:54 PM

All great advice. Also try moving carb consumption to earlier in the day... I had an ear of corn (yeah yeah, not paleo, but local and goooood) with dinner the other day and I think it's what gave me sleep trouble (rare for me) later that night.

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60 · February 26, 2014 at 12:44 AM

Or, epsom salts baths. I find the supplements give me the runs. The baths however are proven to work and don't have that side effect.

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5516 · August 27, 2010 at 1:54 PM

You might want to try going to sleep earlier, blocking out light in your room, and winding down with no TV or games an hour before bed. I have also found that starting new and very intense exercise regimes makes it hard going to sleep.

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20787 · August 28, 2010 at 4:04 AM

Why do you assume you need eight hours of sleep? Not everyone needs that much and many people find they need less sleep once they go paleo. Eight hours is just a guideline. What they really mean is be sure you get sufficient sleep so that you are well rested. For many that is about 8 hours but for some it may be more and for some it may be less. I have known plenty of people who were well rested on 6 hours. It's not the average but it's not all that unusual either. Sleep needs also may vary from day to day. If you are alert in the morning and all day and do not feel sleepy, then you are getting plenty of sleep. You will simply need to find more hobbies to keep you occupied during your increased numbers of awake hours! -Eva

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2520 · August 29, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Absolutely. Even Mercola and his chosen studies claim that 7 is the magic number... Personally, I get around 7 on work nights, and then if I'm allowed to on the weekend I'll easily stay unconscious for 12 hours... Not good! I tend to think that if you find a workable routine that has you feeling rested and hitting a biological rhythm, you're winning.

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60 · February 26, 2014 at 12:47 AM

Actually eight hours is probably too little, once you cut out artificial light. In biphasic sleep studies, the subjects essentially slept for 9-10 hours. Before light bulbs, people slept more. Having read about all that, I always find it amusing when people mention the 6-8. Imagine you are in a place where the only artificial light is fire. Night time is 10-12 hours long. In order to sleep 6 hours, you would need to be awake for 6 hours is near total darkness during the longest nights!

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22913 · August 27, 2010 at 5:19 PM

When I feel "safe" urges, I do them. My body telling me to "play" is Great.

Hey Stephen, go climb that tree

Hey Stephen, leap over those trash cans

Hey Stephen, sprint to the end of the block at top speed

I only feel better after following these urges!

Embrace it. Life is Great!

As for sleep, lights out is well worth reading.

I go out in the sun as early in the day as I can to get the urges out.

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12174 · August 27, 2010 at 1:54 PM

First instinct: do your hard workouts harder (as early in the day as possible), and do more, longer low level activity.

Maybe sit on a yoga ball all day long like Dwight Schrute in The Office. ;) (kidding)

OR have a couple of kids...sure to use up spare energy. :-p (also kidding)

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247 · August 27, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Well I've already got to kids. :) 4 and 18 months. Maybe to I need some more sun only getting in about 5-10 minutes a day. Always inside at my desk!

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0 · February 25, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Love the ENERGY!!! I told my husband I finally feel "Awake" after all of my health problems for 30+ years of trying to find out what was wrong with me. While I did finally get diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and they started me on some meds, I feel and so does he that Paleo (because he is of course following it too) is the reason we have energy now..

Must say, it is like waking up from a coma and seeing the world for the first time again. WOW! I have been cooking and eating for 3 weeks following my diet. I purchased books by Tammy Credicott and love her so much. She is really easy to follow and really great common, fun recipes that everyone loves. Not run of the meal type of foods, but also not gourmet types that you usually don't eat. They are foods with combinations you don't expect with herb combinations she actually spells out for you. NO GUESS WORK!!!

Anyway, thanks for letting me get on my soap box and share about this, because I am really pumped and having actually lots of fun cooking again because...now I know what I cook is not going to hurt me or put weight on me. YAY me, YAY Paleo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

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0 · February 25, 2014 at 12:37 PM

yes yes yes yes yeeeeees! I shortened sleep because I feel like being busy. I started two side businesses, planned how my family will work together to save the world, planned my specialization career path, work 14 hour shifts and cook and play with family. I don't clean only because I don't have an extra minute. I'm a tornado of activity! My fiance cleans up my devistation.

I was late for work because I insisted on making almond milk this morning. Didn't have time to taste even...

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642 · August 27, 2010 at 6:02 PM

You are probably eating too much protein at dinner. Protein consumption triggers hormones and neurotransmitters that promote alertness; carbohydrate consumption triggers hormones and neurotransmitters that promote relaxation. Therefore, it may help to eat your larger servings of protein at breakfast and lunch and eat a greater proportion of carbs at dinner. The only time I have trouble falling asleep is when I over-rely on protein to fill me at night.

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