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by 0 · about 18 hours ago

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 5 · about 18 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 18 hours ago

I have to wake up between 3:30AM and 4AM four days a week. This is a difficult schedule to maintain throughout the weekend, and I often find myself sleep deprived during the workweek. Since I work 10-11 hours, I get out too late to even try a... (more)

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slr255 0 · August 11, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Get yourself some blue light blocking glasses. They look like orange safety glasses, not super attractive but totally worth it. Just keep them on for several hours before you have to go to sleep (esp if you are looking at a computer screen, even... (more)

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by 0 · September 26, 2014 at 4:10 AM

For the past 2 years, this has been me..... 1 am - 7 am fully energized. 7 am - 1 am just want to sleep. Anyway, I can make little improvements but for the most part, I just sleep way too much, will have some energy from 3 pm - 6pm where I... (more)

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Mr_Snowman 0 · June 15, 2013 at 7:58 AM

It sounds like your cortisol cycle is flipped. It's a fairly common problem, but one that you can begin fixing today. I would read Jack Kruse's blog posts about the circadian rhythm. Paul Jaminet also has an excellent chapter in his book about... (more)

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by 0 · about 18 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 18 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 · September 29, 2014 at 3:54 AM

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 11 · about 18 hours ago

I am the creator of the "Paleo Sleep Challenge" and I would love to get your feedback. Here is the link to sign-up (it is FREE). The idea is to help you establish recovery goals, particularly as it relates to sleep. The goals will revolve... (more)

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EnglishRose 0 · April 13, 2013 at 7:53 AM

I just about always get 8 hours a night (except when I had small babies waking every 2 hours every night) and never took a sleeping pill in my life. I am very lucky. I believe a lot of good sleep is terribly important to good health. I try to get... (more)

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by 2341 · about 18 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 18 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 18 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 18 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 18 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 729 · about 18 hours ago

some studies showed that segmented sleep is more naturel that the standard way of sleeping(say 8 hours) and it seems very logical. i know that some cavepeeps like to have a lifestyle that immitates the paleolithique lifestyle and some of yall... (more)

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John_Sorrentino 0 · October 22, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Technology and lights, especially at the blue end of the spectrum plays havoc with your melatonin and cortisol hormonal systems. Evolution is not expecting you to watching TV at 11 PM or checking your messages on a bright screen at 3 AM. When... (more)

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by 50 · about 18 hours ago

Hi All, I spent a week away to Spain (Sunny and hot). And since I returned home (North, less light and colder), I have been waking up in the middle of the night almost every day. Nothing at home has changed about my schedule, diet, habits,... (more)

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LB_3 0 · October 28, 2012 at 5:40 AM

I have had the same problems as you for the last week. I returned from holidays one week ago. I will eat dinner at about 6-7pm, go to bed about 9-10.30pm. Wake up between 1-3am. Toilet breaks - BUT I feel light headed and hungry! On paleo, I... (more)

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by 125 · about 18 hours ago

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 25 · about 18 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 78407 · September 29, 2014 at 3:37 AM

Our sleeping patterns are largely a function of our daily activity, which for most of us revolves around our and our family's work/school schedule. There are variations such as the afternoon siesta, which is the norm in some countries, as well... (more)

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Roger_Bird 0 · July 04, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I positively, absolutely confirm that sleep quality affects cardiovascular health. If my sleep is bad, late, or not enough, I can find myself bending over after like running up the stairs, and my resting pulse will be about 10 or 15 beats per... (more)

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by 547 · about 18 hours ago

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 384 · about 18 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 55 · September 28, 2014 at 3:31 AM

Almost two weeks on paleo now. Pre-paleo my bedtime was closer to midnight and waking at 7 am to get the kids ready for school was always a difficult task. Now I find yself willingly going to bed around 10 pm and i have been waking up earlier.... (more)

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PrimalDanny 0 · March 05, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Assuming paleo for you means a reduction in sugars (and possibly other stimulants) then it's not at all strange that you would shift to a more normal bedtime. It's hard work staying up so late after it gets dark.

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by 78 · about 18 hours ago

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 1906 · about 18 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 18 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 18 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)