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Eating coconut oil before bed = insomnia?

Commented on July 10, 2016
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?

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on July 10, 2016
at 10:01 AM

 

I have read most of the input posted, the enormous amount of knowledge I gained from the articles make me think why monkey’s in the jungle loves coconut, they drink and eat almost everything of the coconut and they bounce from one three to another with no problems even catching thin branches hanging on the air  while Carrying babies.  I will try having small teaspoon before going to work it’s after all its human jungle and another way to reduce the amount of caffeine consumed daily which is a part of high blood pressure causes.  Try not to take the oil at least 4-6 hours before going to bed since it contain MCT that speeds up metabolism you will feel energetic  and awake for good numbers of hours.

 Dr. Raheel Fadel

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on March 30, 2012
at 02:10 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?

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on February 17, 2012
at 07:24 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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on February 17, 2012
at 06:51 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.

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on 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.

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on February 09, 2012
at 02:36 PM

Folks just flag posts like this as spam, no need to waste downvotes on them.

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on 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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on 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.

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on February 09, 2012
at 04:18 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!

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on February 09, 2012
at 03:52 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.

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on February 09, 2012
at 02:57 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.

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on September 11, 2012
at 08:13 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.

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on May 01, 2012
at 09:29 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.

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on 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.

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on July 10, 2016
at 09:58 AM

I have read most of the input posted, the enormous amount of knowledge I gained from the articles make me think why monkey’s in the jungle loves coconut, they drink and eat almost everything of the coconut and they bounce from one three to another with no problems even catching thin branches hanging on the air  while Carrying babies.  I will try having small teaspoon before going to work it’s after all its human jungle and another way to reduce the amount of caffeine consumed daily which is a part of high blood pressure causes.  Try not to take the oil at least 4-6 hours before going to bed since it contain MCT that speeds up metabolism you will feel energetic  and awake for good numbers of hours.

Dr. Raheel Fadel

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on February 08, 2014
at 08:42 AM

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

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

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on February 08, 2014
at 08:40 AM

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

Robin Harville

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on June 11, 2013
at 08:24 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,

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on 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.

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on January 31, 2013
at 08:28 AM

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

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on 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.

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on September 12, 2012
at 02:26 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.

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on September 11, 2012
at 08:03 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.

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on September 11, 2012
at 01:24 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.

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on February 17, 2012
at 02:15 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!

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on February 09, 2012
at 06:30 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.

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on February 09, 2012
at 01:31 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/

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on February 09, 2012
at 02:36 PM

Folks just flag posts like this as spam, no need to waste downvotes on them.

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