Eating coconut oil before bed = insomnia?

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Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 09, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Last night and tonight I ate several teaspoons of coconut oil, just before bed, in an effort to fight off a certain lipid-coated virus. Last night I got maybe 4 hours of sleep, and I usually get 7-8 no problem. Tonight, same thing - ate a bunch of coconut oil, and now I've been laying awake for hours!

I used to get insomnia before going paleo, but this is the first time in a LONG time since I've had trouble sleeping 2 nights in a row. These last 2 nights are the first times I've eaten straight coconut oil just before bed.

Has anything like this happened to you? Any thoughts on this matter?

213 · March 30, 2012 at 2:10 AM

almond butter most likely helps the sleep because of the magnesium and the fact that its ground so it's already mostly digested. try the two together as suggested maybe?

24553 · February 17, 2012 at 7:24 PM

I've found out the hard way, taking anything straight "oil" right before bed wires me. Fish oil is the worst culprit for me, but coconut oil is a close second, and I'll be lying there in bed all antsy wondering if I'd look like a crazy lady raking leaves at 2am. Starch plus oil seems to knock me out though.

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19479 · February 17, 2012 at 6:51 PM

I have a spoonful or two of coconut oil mixed with almond butter as a "dessert" almost every night and sleep like a baby. Individual tolerances/effects certainly vary.

1608 · February 09, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Interesting... I hadn't thought of that. Next time I can't sleep, I'll check the lunar cycle.

41752 · February 09, 2012 at 2:36 PM

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78387 · February 09, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Was it the cocnut oil or this? http://paleohacks.com/questions/96326/are-you-lunar-sensitive#axzz1lt8dPSU7

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2384 · February 09, 2012 at 12:07 PM

The MCTs inside coconut oil speed up metabolism. Maybe not what you want prior to bed :-) In larger doses they make some people nauseous. Some unfortunate folks like me happen to be allergic to coconut products, this may also be an option.

I would suggest you don't eat it right before bedtime and maybe together with a meal. And if strange reactions persist, just leave it out a few days.

938 · February 09, 2012 at 4:18 PM

I learned the hard way not to eat coconut products before bedtime! They give you a burst of energy. I had no idea why I suddenly couldn't get to sleep. I did some research and found that the culprit was the warm glass of coconut milk I was drinking before bed, thinking it would help me sleep!

8270 · February 09, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Coconut oil = large amount of easily digested energy. Take a slug of that before bed and you'll probably be bouncing off the walls.

41752 · February 09, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Props to you for at least doing an N=2 experiment! A few more experiments and you might be able to pin it on the coconut oil. Get over whatever virus you have now, and then try a few times. If it causes you problems then, that more strongly supports the idea that the coconut oil is having some effect.

205 · September 11, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Considering that the MCTs are used along with grassfed butter to make bulletproof coffee which dave says "will keep you satisfied with level energy for 6 hours if you need it" I think this is a likely culprit as well.

10 · May 01, 2012 at 9:29 AM

I also get more energy when taking cocnut oil before bed. Takes a few hours to fall asleep. I feel dumb because this is the third time I've done it-->currently regretting it. Going to start taking it in the morning.

5198 · February 09, 2012 at 12:31 PM

It sounds like you might, well, have a virus. That may be affecting your sleep. As far as eating coconut oil, people have tried pretty much any time and any situation, and had all possible reactions.

0 · February 08, 2014 at 8:42 AM

I had 2 tbsp of coconut oil. 4 hrs ago.

It us now 3am. I won't be doing this again. Ha!

0 · February 08, 2014 at 8:40 AM

I just had 2 tbsp of coconut oil before bed. It's almost 3am. Enough said.Argh!

Robin Harville

0 · June 11, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Here i am withou t beign able to sleep for two days. I just figure it out, after reading these posts. I drank a bottle of chocolate zico water before goint to bed. Lol. I will be a zombie again tomorrow,

0 · February 08, 2013 at 12:26 AM

I love this forum! This happened to me a couple nights ago, and I didn't even link it to coconut oil. Now I need to pay attention to see if it repeats.

And on the red wine front, I have concluded that drinking more than a couple glasses of wine later than about 6pm causes me to wake in the middle of the night. On the assumption that it might be allergy related, I took 500mg of Quercetin and a Turmeric/curcumin supplement. I had read that Quercetin has an anti-histamenic effect and curcumin is an anti-inflamatory. This did seem to help. I would like to hear if this works for anyone else.

68 · January 31, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Consider checking your metabolic type. Certain types are energized by fats.

0 · January 13, 2013 at 12:40 AM

I'm the exact same way. If I have Coconut Oil anytime within 4 hours before bedtime I get insomnia. I have my last coconut oil drink (coconut oil and boulion) around 6pm and I can now fall asleep easier than when I was drinking it later in the evening.

276 · September 12, 2012 at 2:26 AM

I too find I can't sleep if I have coconut oil in the evening. It gives me so much energy, I like to have it early in the day instead. Interesting article re the full moon henny! I'm going to watch for that on the rare occasions when I don't sleep well.

0 · September 11, 2012 at 8:03 PM

i get the same reaction. what ive been doing is mixing it in a hot tea with an egg/egg yolk to emuslifYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i need to find some good spices to add.

0 · September 11, 2012 at 1:24 PM

I discovered taking coconut oil before bed interferes with sleep. It took a few nights to realize what was causing the problem with sleeping. I love it during the day, and before workouts because of the explosion of energy it gives.

10 · February 17, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Yes- I have chronic fatigue and sleep 10 hours a night and can't wake up in the morning and now two nights in a row I have not slept b/c of taking coconut oil before bed! There is also a new article on livestrong.com explaining coconut oil activates hunger...urgh!

19160 · February 09, 2012 at 6:30 PM

I find that except for incredibly soporific foods (e.g. warm glass of milk when I was a child), any food right before bed will keep me up.

-12 · February 09, 2012 at 1:31 PM

The coconut provides a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil that has fed and nourished populations around the world for generations. It is classified as a "functional food" because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. Only recently has modern medical science unlocked the secrets to coconut's amazing healing powers. For more information visit: http://www.mycoconutcream.com/

41752 · February 09, 2012 at 2:36 PM

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