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So why can't I sleepmore than 6 hrs. on Paleo?

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Created March 27, 2013 at 10:53 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 tone (I like awesome). Is sleeping 6 hrs. bad?

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638 · March 27, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Exactly the same happened to me. I would suggest adding in some more carbs at your evening meal, maybe sweet potato. You don't need that much, but maybe around 40-50g a day and I am able to sleep better... about 40g or less and I start not sleeping as-well. Also I find if i'm doing too much cardio (say 30mins + at a moderate-intense level) then no matter what time of the day I do the cardio, I find it harder to sleep. But if I am walking, cycling slow... doing anything low intensity does not seem to effect my sleep.

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379 · March 27, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Do you feel good with 6 hours of sleep? If so, that could very well be just how much you need. If not, then looking at stress levels or exercise habits could do a lot of good.

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662 · 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 focus on macronutrients: results from the A TO Z study. gives some clues as to what may be missing. I'd go for magnesium first. I presume you've already corrected Vitamin D deficiency with an effective (5000iu/daily) amount of Vitamin D3 each morning.

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122 · March 27, 2013 at 12:30 PM

How many carbs do you eat? The same thing, except it was exactly 5 hours, happened to me on low carb but stopped after adding more.

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638 · March 27, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Exactly the same happened to me. I would suggest adding in some more carbs at your evening meal, maybe sweet potato. You don't need that much, but maybe around 40-50g a day and I am able to sleep better... about 40g or less and I start not sleeping as-well. Also I find if i'm doing too much cardio (say 30mins + at a moderate-intense level) then no matter what time of the day I do the cardio, I find it harder to sleep. But if I am walking, cycling slow... doing anything low intensity does not seem to effect my sleep.

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37187 · March 28, 2013 at 6:43 AM

Before I went paleo I spent 8-10 hours in bed every night but it was in blocks of 2-4 hours, with momentary wakefulness in between.

Within 2 weeks of healthier eating I was sleeping in one solid block and by the time I'd been off wheat and junk for a month I had stabilized at 6-7 hours per night.

I wake up without an alarm, if we don't count my companion animals, and I feel alert and rested. I don't need a nap and I don't get sleepy until night time.

As far as I'm concerned, I'm getting plenty of sleep and the only question is how best to enjoy the extra time I got back.

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2302 · March 27, 2013 at 3:06 PM

I kind of have the same thing but for 7 hours, sometimes a bit less. I personally love it because I feel refreshed and can get more out of my day.

I think that if it's quality sleep and you feel good, maybe your body just doesn't need more. Or maybe I'm totally wrong :) Who knows, but I've learned to embrace it

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542 · March 27, 2013 at 11:20 AM

My sleep patterns went through some ups and downs when I started too. In the early phase getting to sleep and staying asleep was a struggle. Then I "switched over" which allowed me to reset my sleep pattern. And, more importantly IMO, I started to exercise with weights and walking on alternate days, a life change that had immediate beneficial effects on sleep. So....if you're in the earlier stages of PD or haven't started a regular vigorous workout program yet, you may find yourself not yet getting the sleep you need but it's likely to change for the better if your experience turns out to be like mine. I also play catch-up with "lost" sleep with a nap. If your schedule permits, you may try it with success. When I'm feeling short on sleep from the night before, I soak in epsom salts in a really hot bath and it knocks me out. Good luck.

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