Sleep Patterns

Sleep Patterns

Sleep Patterns Questions

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by 5 · about 15 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 0 · about 15 hours ago

Hi All, My wife is going to need to take a year off work for health reasons, and the only way to make up the loss in income is for me to take a graveyard position at my job for a couple of years. It'll probably be 9pm-5am. Now I know that on... (more)

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by 53 · about 15 hours ago

In one Paleo book, the author describes a Paleo trait of having high cortisol levels upon getting up in the morning which drop down to when it is bedtime, and a modern picture of low cortisol levels in the morning, usually boosted by stimulants,... (more)

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foreveryoung 0 · April 13, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Circadian cortisol levels peak in the morning, then proceed to fall, with a small. spike mid afternoon and then fall again. Carbohydrates are the only macro nutrient that actually reduce cortisol levels upon consumption. Take a hint. (more)

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by 10 · about 15 hours ago

It doesn't happen anymore. It's not catastrophic bt I like to go 7-8 hrs. a night. Since my body adjusted to paleo it's 6 hrs. if lucky. I don't want to get off paleo as the benefits have been really good especially in fat loss, energy and skin... (more)

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Ted_Hutchinson 0 · March 27, 2013 at 8:05 PM

This paper discusses the role of diet in melatonin production. Dietary factors and fluctuating levels of melatonin It's possible a change in diet could be involved in lower melatonin production. Micronutrient quality of weight-loss diets that... (more)

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by 2341 · about 15 hours ago

Up to 3 hours post workout I've been eating very little fat and putting away insane amounts of carbs (potatoes & White rice). I remain very high fat outside of the PWO window. I've only been doing this for a week and I feel like I'm leaning... (more)

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Zara 0 · March 01, 2013 at 11:49 PM

if you're eating the carbs during the evening they might be the cause of your new sleeping patterns. It's like a "sugar kick". I'm of the belief that carb-loading should be done before or during exercise when you want to use the carbs as a... (more)

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by 80 · about 15 hours ago

I am exhausted upon waking (5am) and feel burnt-out every afternoon. Please hack my sleep! My hours at work changed last summer and I needed to start waking up at 5am instead of 6am for the opening shift. It didn't work out well. I???d get... (more)

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Lindsey_7 0 · February 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM

So, I really believe now it is the caffeine that's doing the damage. The last few weeks I know I overdosed as I was using it pre-workout/working out frequently and using it to cope with stress. At work I have the illusion of being 'pretty good'... (more)

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by 125 · about 15 hours ago

Just wondering if any of you here are biphasic sleepers and what you activities you guys typically do in between your two sleep cycles! (And by biphasic, I don't mean sleeping six hours and then napping during the day, I mean going to bed earlier... (more)

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DePaw 0 · January 11, 2013 at 7:23 PM

4am facebook for the win! :P

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by 175 · about 15 hours ago

Are Circadian rhythms something personally and ultimately fixed? Meaning that each of us have a chronotype which cannot be changed? Or is it more a matter of adaptation, so if I just consistently stick to a certain sleeping schedule, my body will... (more)

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The_Quilt 0 · January 11, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Yes, you must pay attn to them. For evolution to work, a cell first must adapt to its environment. For any organism to function properly, it must control the timing of its biological functions. That is why all higher organisms, from plants to... (more)

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by 671 · about 15 hours ago

I've always been consistent about getting enough sleep. My problem is that if I let it, my body wants a solid 9.5 hours every night. I usually set an alarm for 8 hours of sleep just because 14.5 hour days don't seem long enough. I feel fine waking... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · November 24, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I suspect you will get a broad range of answers. Listening to YOUR body is your best bet, IMO. 49 year old female. I tend to sleep 9-10 hours in fall/winter and 7-8 hours in spring/summer.

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by 25 · about 15 hours ago

From another thread here about waking up every night at 3ish -I found the suggestion of eating more carbs at night and a specific suggestion to eat ice cream at night. I tried the ice cream - worked like a charm - want something more healthy so... (more)

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Jamie_14 0 · August 06, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Could be the l-trytophan in dairy. Try chicken and avocado or banana, or a supplement wit 5-htp.. (or cheese or raw milk) Protein, carbs and fat effect tryptophan absorbtion (I think protein interferes a little), so possibly the banana or perhaps... (more)

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by 384 · about 15 hours ago

This is a bit of a loaded question, but I just watched these two very inspiring videos. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X38PCf7kao&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5nVqeVhgQE&feature=related Each one argues quite... (more)

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Eric_12 0 · April 03, 2012 at 2:10 AM

It all depends on how you measure success.

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by 1906 · about 15 hours ago

I don't generally have a segmented sleeping pattern. Instead, I fall fast asleep most nights and don't get up until my alarm goes off the next morning, about seven hours later. If I'm feeling really run down, I'll sleep between eight and ten hours... (more)

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jakeA 0 · February 23, 2012 at 8:36 PM

There's definitely no reason to wake yourself up in the middle of the night on purpose. I earnestly advise against setting an alarm clock for 1am just so you can get segmented sleep. It can occur naturally if you are getting a good amount (read... (more)

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by 300 · about 15 hours ago

I've been strictly Primal (I love dairy mkay?) for 9 months now. It's been a great ride and a pretty easy one at that. My only issue is that I get a massive burst of energy after dinner and find myself snacking in order to drive my insulin... (more)

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Anthony_DAmato 0 · January 31, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Carbs before bed shut down my body like crazy... I'm out COLD, yet my body is working hard to burn it and I'm overheating. It's such a weird feeling that I just don't like anymore. I've turned to calming and chamomile teas (check ingredients for... (more)

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by 152 · about 15 hours ago

I'm going to start a new job in about 3 weeks and I think I will need to get up around 5 or 6am. Right now, i have a twofold problem- I am a night owl and get a second wind around 10 (and find it difficult to go to sleep early) and for the next... (more)

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Moonablaze 0 · January 26, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Melatonin has been shown to be very effective in reseting circadian rhythms for shift workers and travelers. Try 1 mg sublingual 20 minutes before you SHOULD go to bed for your new schedule. Get ready for bed and get comfy. If you don't feel... (more)

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by 134 · about 15 hours ago

Sorry for long post. I have always been one of those people who wakes up dead to the world. Snooze alarm over and over. I accept this as the way I am. Usually. I have suffered from chronic fatigure syndrome for 30 years, but the morning... (more)

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mth_1 0 · July 27, 2011 at 12:28 PM

"Can anyone make sense of this? And if you can, am I better off with shitty poo and beautiful mornings, or perfect poo and waking in a coma?" If they are truly connected, only you can make that decision - of course I am assuming nobody here lives... (more)

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by 1783 · about 16 hours ago

I am addicted to snoozing. I would really, really like to be able to get up at 730 every morning, so every night I set my alarm and every morning I hit snooze for at least an hour, and end up getting up much later than I would like to. I have... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · March 16, 2011 at 8:06 PM

Buy an electrical timer and hook it up to a lamp in your room that you can't reach. Have the light turn on when you want to wake up. They sell expensive devices that slowly increase the amount of light, but this works well enough. It doesn't have... (more)

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by 1982 · about 16 hours ago

I know most paleo types advocate sleeping in total darkness, and it makes sense to me in terms of the best possible rest. But does it make sense in an evolutionary sense? From my own reading, it seems that "cavemen" actually spent very little... (more)

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Lemon 0 · March 12, 2011 at 7:35 PM

I have been experimenting with sleeping in the total darkness for 2-3 years now so can speak from my own experience. Please be very careful with it. It may bring very serious consequences that you may not easily track from the symptoms to the... (more)

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by 227 · about 16 hours ago

Wanted to see if anyone has used the Zeo Personal Sleep Monitor to track their sleep and if it helped them improve their sleep. ...I don't like idea of having an wireless device strapped to my brain (EMF cellular/DNA damage) every night, but as... (more)

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Abbe 0 · March 09, 2011 at 5:32 PM

I got one from Amazon and tried it out. After using it for a week, I had a pretty good handle on my sleep patterns. Actually, the thing that surprised me was that I was getting more sleep than I thought I was. The times when I was sure I wasn't... (more)

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by 50 · about 16 hours ago

I'm experimenting with Paleo for the last month, and noticed that the last couple of weeks my sleeping habits are drastically changing. Although i'm able to fall asleep pretty fast (generally within 5 minutes) I tend do wake up in the middle of... (more)

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Rob_from_ketocure_com 0 · February 14, 2011 at 12:06 PM

The natural sleep pattern for human beings is to fall asleep soon after it gets dark, sleep for about four hours, wake for an hour or two, then sleep again till dawn. That's how our paleolithic ancestors slept. In fact, that's how everybody... (more)

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by 10502 · about 16 hours ago

WakeMate claims: Together, the WakeMate?? wristband and application help you wake up feeling refreshed. Our Wakelytics??? analytics platform optimizes your waking hours by automatically analyzing your sleep and illuminating personal... (more)

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Ben_Rubin 0 · January 02, 2011 at 10:37 PM

CTO of Zeo here. Not pseudo-science - there are a few ways to track your sleep. Wakemate uses wrist motion, Zeo uses brainwaves. Julien Smith just posted this on Robb Wolf's blog -... (more)

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by 0 · October 30, 2014 at 5:08 AM

Sorry this is so long: I have been having trouble sleeping for several months and would appreciate any suggestions to help me. First of all, I'm a 29 y.o. female, 5'3", 173 lbs. I have been a light sleeper for years, but as I come close to the end... (more)

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whitesupercat 0 · June 01, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Boston Children's Hospital sent us the following statement we are pleased with the progress our patient just inability are made when she was at Boston Children's and with her continued progress Boston’s children's and our clinicians are... (more)

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by 125 · October 30, 2014 at 4:20 AM

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this, but I have a question for all you paleo folks who are early risers. First, for some background info. I actually found out about paleo after researching sleeping problems, because I've always... (more)

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aseafish 0 · August 19, 2012 at 1:24 PM

It's simply an internal clock thing for me, I believe. We don't ever set an alarm, but we're usually awake by 4AM. Granted we go to bed earlier than many. The darkness is not an issue for us, neither lack of it when retiring early in the summer,... (more)

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by 547 · October 30, 2014 at 4:09 AM

Graduated this month with a BSN and landed my dream job in a surgical/trauma unit BUT it's night shift. I know, I know - all the evidence in the world says night shifts are detrimental to health. However, in reality this is the starting place for... (more)

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Josh_M 0 · May 18, 2012 at 3:40 PM

My girlfriend is an RN - she has been working only the night shift for 3+ years now. What she does (and a lot of the other nurses she works with) is she takes Vit C, Vit B complex, Selenium, Chromium & Vit D before she goes into work - then... (more)

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by 78 · October 30, 2014 at 3:59 AM

I was wondering what everyone thought about this study http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16964783 I found it quite interesting.

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redberry 0 · February 26, 2012 at 7:30 PM

There have been a lot of articles on this topic in the last year or two. Here's another recent article, this one from The Guardian: Sleep: why they used to do it twice a night. I find this information very useful, because it helps me relax when I... (more)

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by 43 · October 30, 2014 at 3:34 AM

Has anyone else found that intermittent fasting results in poor sleep quality? I started skipping breakfast, and right away found that I wasn't sleeping as well, leading me to wonder if breakfast plays an important role in regulating the body's... (more)

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ben61820 0 · August 04, 2011 at 4:09 PM

When I IFed I would skip breakfast, eat PWO (lunch) and then dinner. Dinner was right before bed so I was going to bed on a full stomach. I always slept very well that way. In the morning, while not full, I was not hungry. Prolly cuz the pre-bed... (more)

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