So I started this whole Paleo style eating about 2 months ago at 6ft 231 pounds I'm now around 193-194 lbs. Whats odd is once I got below 196 I started having sleep issues.
By sleep issues I mean I would go to bed fine at about 9-10pm but was waking up at 3-4AM EVERY! Night. Tried everything from P.Serine, 5 HTP, Melatonin, GABA, V. Root etc. Nothing seemed to work really. I tried a sweet potato after hard workout, eating massive Paleo meal before bed, and not eating 5 hours prior to bed. Nothing worked.
A few weeks ago I had about a half a cup of white chocolate chips in the eveneing and slept like a baby (9 hours solid). Tried it the next night with the same results. So every day for the last 4 weeks my sleeps has been amazing and Ive been ingesting 1/2 to 1 cup of white chocolate chips (made of sugar and Palm oil).
Was I in starvation mode? This definitely isnt Paleo, whats actually happening here? I work out about 3 times a week usually weights or sprinting. I play my sport for a living but I have become very aware of overtraining.
There is historical evidence that waking up at night is the normal thing. It might be that your sleep patterns were healthy and normal, but you managed to time a sugar crash right when you would have started to wake up.
Chocolate is a source of magnesium,so that might be a reason? Maybe you could try experimenting with another magnesiumsource? If that doesn't help it's probably the sugar/carbs in the chocolate which can lead to better sleep if you're having adrenal issues.
This calming effect of carbs is opposed to the contrasting alertness-increasing (dopamine, not serotonin releasing) effect of protein consumption. Hence why low carb high protein snacks are recommended for those who get a big energy slump or dip mid-afternoon/ post lunch
Ok I wanted to post this up to try and help anybody with this same issue I recently started taking Magnesium L-Threonate (Life extension brand) and it has almost completely made my sugar craving go away!! WTF? I was just looking to improve my memory as the other day I mistakingly placed a piece of grass fed steak in one of my kitchen drawers. Idiot.
This is crazy to me because I was taking natural calm and and doing epsom salt baths 3x per week, religiously. Also I am more focussed and I definitely am a lot less sore after lifting and have ben able to bump my workout to 3x per week rather than the two days I had been doing.
Only side effect seemed to be going #2 much easier the first couple days. Also I am told that Im sleeping with my mouth wide open now instead of clenched teeth.
Has anybody else experienced this from MgT? Was I simply suffering from a raging Mg deficiency, in spite of the Mg citrate and baths I was taking?
My sleep patterns went from 10-hours/day and waking up feeling like crap (pre-Paleo), to 5-7 hours/day waking up fully refreshed and ready to go (I only need an alarm clock now to tell me when it's time to get ready for work, but not to wake up).
I woke up at 4:30 this morning, adjusted the thermostat, did the normal morning stuff (restroom, weigh-in, etc) then went back to bed for another hour "nap", then rode my bike to the store to buy bacon. I've been bouncing off the walls today. Oddly enough I went to bed later than usual last night (11:30pm or so).
My point is... don't use the amount of sleep as your barometer of health, use your mood and energy levels. Some people simply require less sleep than others.
I've noticed the same thing in the past with white chocolate. I figured it was a well timed sugar crash, along with a good dose of fat to feel satiated, calm, and sleepy.
Have you had a hormone panel done lately? Might want to make sure you haven't somehow found yourself hyperthyroid or with some cortisol issues.
"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.