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 adrenals are kicking in to get my blood sugar back up. I eat a fairly low carb diet, 100% paleo. Thinking I need to get my carb intake up a bit more, but typically try to stop eating by 7 or 7:30 at the latest.
Handful of almonds? Greek yogurt? Tea with honey? Hunk of protein? I've had all these suggestions. Thought I'd open it up to the floor.
Dont know about the heart pounding anxiety business, but:
"We now also know that pre-industrial families commonly experienced a "broken" pattern of sleep, though few contemporaries regarded it in a pejorative light. Until the modern age, most households had two distinct intervals of slumber, known as "first" and "second" sleep, bridged by an hour or more of quiet wakefulness. Usually, people would retire between 9 and 10 o'clock only to stir past midnight to smoke a pipe, brew a tub of ale or even converse with a neighbor."
It's a natural sleep pattern. People used to wake up in the middle of hte night, hang out or have sex, and then go back to sleep. When it happens to you, just own it - get up and do something for a little while and go back to sleep. Maybe you're feeling anxious because you're worried about being up during the middle of the night.
I would say magnesium and potasium. And higher carb (white potatoes will be helpful to get some minerals and some more carbs.) This seems to be a common theme with some of the VLC folks. (Not all of course).
I have this problem when I'm pregnant and then during the first six months after the baby is born when they are exclusively nursing - I just suddenly NEED food between 3 and 5 AM. I keep a banana next to my bed. A date or two always helps, and I find that Greek yogurt with a touch of honey right before I go to sleep really helps, too.
I like some berries with cottage cheese and a splash of whipping cream as a last meal (I make some kind of "Icecream" from that) You can throw in some protein powder aswell if you´re into that. I´m not hungry until late lunch then.
Half a pizza, and a couple of beers? Um, not that I would know ;)
Breakfast for dinner, sometimes helps me with this. Bacon, eggs, and rice flour pancakes (if you are into the safe starch idea) made with banana, and coconut milk. The pancakes are like little round angels singing to me from the pan as they bubble away in Kerrygold. I try to make enough extra to have snacks if I need them right before bed.
I don't wake up with the heart palpitations so we might be experiencing completely different things, but I will often wake up crazy hungry and have to stuff my face for a few minutes if my nursing baby is about to go through a growth spurt.
Had the same issue once. My heart was racing so hard, I felt like my chest was going to explode. Turned out I was extremely deficient in magnesium (heart racing is a common issue). My doctor prescribed supplements and bone broth. Good man.
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