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Switching energy sources quickly might cause sleep problems?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 01, 2013 at 7:31 PM

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 out, getting stronger, have more energy/better mood.

However my sleep has been really bad..for the past couple of days I have been taking 1-2 hours just to fall asleep even when I'm already tired

The reason I ask this question is the fact that when I slowly transitioned into paleo about 2 years ago I started eating coconut oil I had a similar energy burst, tough times sleeping, and good moods.

Does this make sense to anybody else? Any similar experiences?

Daee038b2da136bc8e817e3889c746c5

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on March 02, 2013
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well, there you have your reason ;) But if you feel that it works for you go for it, but otherwise try not to stuff yourself with carbs late in the evenings and consider switching to eating them before exercising so your body actually can use them for something productive.

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on March 02, 2013
at 12:49 AM

*feels..........

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at 12:38 AM

pre-workout carbs slow me down and i really don't tolerate them in the morning/early afternoon. It just feel natural to work out around 4 or 5, come home, binge on carbs and then go to bed haha. I always eat 99% of my carbs at night...this time i'm just eating way more carbs

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Daee038b2da136bc8e817e3889c746c5

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on 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 primary fuel source. Especially if you're eating low Carb otherwise.

Hope this helps!

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

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on March 02, 2013
at 12:49 AM

*feels..........

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

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on March 02, 2013
at 12:38 AM

pre-workout carbs slow me down and i really don't tolerate them in the morning/early afternoon. It just feel natural to work out around 4 or 5, come home, binge on carbs and then go to bed haha. I always eat 99% of my carbs at night...this time i'm just eating way more carbs

Daee038b2da136bc8e817e3889c746c5

(139)

on March 02, 2013
at 10:06 AM

well, there you have your reason ;) But if you feel that it works for you go for it, but otherwise try not to stuff yourself with carbs late in the evenings and consider switching to eating them before exercising so your body actually can use them for something productive.

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on March 01, 2013
at 10:43 PM

I've had the same issues. I'm a little over a week into Paleo and I've had similar issues falling asleep and staying asleep. I've been trying a few things, like cutting out tv and bright lights 90 minutes before bedtime and have recently started trying cold showers but nothing has worked. I think some people have talked about magnesium, but I haven't tried that yet. I'm looking for advice as well.

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on March 02, 2013
at 02:15 AM

Here is why.......you're a fast ATP recycler not an efficient one chronicly and not using PPP or DHEA. It destroys sleep.

http://www.jackkruse.com/emf-4-why-might-you-need-carbs-for-performance/

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