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 to sleep until the wee hours of the morning. The past few nights I’ve only gotten 2-4 hours. Oddly I’m not that tired during the day, but it’s still pretty frustrating. The reason I am doing the trial is because I was curious about the health benefits that so many people have reported – more energy, better sleep, increased strength, better skin, etc, etc. However, lying awake all night doesn’t feel very healthy at all. Did anyone else experience this when they first made the switch? If so, did you eventually sleep better?
See above comment on what info would be helpful.
That said... Dairy will spike insulin beyond the level of carb it contains. This can drive blood sugar down. This can lead to hypoglycemia which can wake you up. If your body does an emergency dump of glucose to get your blood sugar up after a crash it does so with a hit of adrenaline which can leave you wide awake.
You can A - up your carbs. B - dump the milk.
Or it could be nothing of the sort...
This exact thing happens to me as well in the first few days to a week of cutting out grains, sugar, etc. I have found that if I am consistant with my diet it goes away after that. If I keep "cheating" and going back and forth beween paleo and sugar/grains etc. it continues longer. Motivation to keep with it!
Good luck! Hope you get some sleep soon!
Some people sleep better with a few carbs before bedtime, and some do better with a little fat. I'm in the fat camp. You could also try magnesium citrate. It has several benefits, one of which is sleepiness. Others have soaked in epsom salts for the same benefit. Definately no coconut oil before bedtime, that will keep you up.
Try some sweet potatoes before bed. I had the same problems with insomnia when I started paleo, but I found that consuming some safe starches before bed helped enormously. You might want to include a little fat/protein too.
There are a couple of things that could cause insomnia that are often associated with switching to primal/paleo: