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Can only sleep well if i consume insane amounts of carbs at night

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 22, 2012 at 2:17 PM

does anyone else have this problem and know how to fix it?

i've tried adhering to a low carb diet in order to cure a host of problems but i just get terrible insomnia. i only sleep well if i shovel hundreds of grams of carbs at night.

anyone have any natural, healthy suggestions?

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on December 24, 2012
at 01:58 AM

any recs/suggestions for the ~30 g protein source/s

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on December 23, 2012
at 10:03 PM

Apparently it doesn't ruin her sleep. The case is quite the opposite.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on December 23, 2012
at 02:57 AM

hi tommy, out of interest, what night carbs (foods) are you eating, approx how many carb grams & how many hours before bed. i might give it try myself and see if my sleep improves/changes

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on December 22, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Don't sweat it, for the past couple of months carbs don't seem to be a taboo here anymore.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on December 22, 2012
at 06:07 PM

I still think I'm going to get downvoted. Consuming lots of carbs typically seems to go against paleo dogma and consuming lots of carbs at night goes against most conventional mainstream advice. I don't understand how I could suggest something that goes against the paleo grain and mainstream grain and get up votes, but I'll take it. Maybe more people know about this then I was giving credit for. Either that or my psych classes really paid off ;).

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on December 22, 2012
at 05:48 PM

This "I'm gonna get soo downvoted for this buuuut" just seems to be reverse psychology :)

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Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on December 22, 2012
at 02:32 PM

I'm gonna get soo downvoted for this buuuut:

I have this same thing. I used to do low carb and get crumy sleep, but when I load up on carbs at night I sleep like a F'in baby, omfg good. I say, f' it. Are you trying to loose weight? Check out Carb Night or Carb Back Loading. You can lose fat and gain muscle while sleeping because according to Kiefer muscles are more insulin sensitive in the evening, while fat cells are more sensitive to insulin in the morning. Assuming good quality carbs. My view has changed on this issue and now I think this might be a fine thing to do.

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on December 22, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Don't sweat it, for the past couple of months carbs don't seem to be a taboo here anymore.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on December 22, 2012
at 06:07 PM

I still think I'm going to get downvoted. Consuming lots of carbs typically seems to go against paleo dogma and consuming lots of carbs at night goes against most conventional mainstream advice. I don't understand how I could suggest something that goes against the paleo grain and mainstream grain and get up votes, but I'll take it. Maybe more people know about this then I was giving credit for. Either that or my psych classes really paid off ;).

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on December 22, 2012
at 05:48 PM

This "I'm gonna get soo downvoted for this buuuut" just seems to be reverse psychology :)

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3089dd0b9a8f1d24f1b08d6cc3ca84e3

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on December 22, 2012
at 04:11 PM

Look into the work of Ori Hofmekler The Warrior Diet . I most likely will get down voted for this as well but oh well truth is truth and truth is suppose to be ridiculed .

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on December 22, 2012
at 03:56 PM

this may be your body's way of telling you that you feel/perform/live better with carbohydrate in your diet. and this may be a great time to listen! btw, what is an 'insane' amount of carbs?

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4cc257025ef3f543170cc5e83187225c

on December 22, 2012
at 02:31 PM

Try taking some glutamine, about 2 grams in the evening, this will help you sleep by stabilizing your blood sugar so you can fall asleep and stay asleep. Stick with the low carb diet, you'll eventually transition your metabolism away from relying on carbs as your primary fuel and over to burning fat.....the glutamine is also very helpful if taken in between meals to curb carb cravings. If you are hungry immediately following a meal then that means you probably ate too many carbs, didn't eat enough in general or didn't eat enough dietary fat at that meal....eat a snack that contains mostly fat like a handful of macadamia nuts.

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63479974b34930b7bedb12afa19083d3

on December 22, 2012
at 04:23 PM

As much of a low-carb preacher as I am, I can't say that this doesn't happen to me. Going VLC was super easy as I was dropping weight (lost 215lbs in a year!) but now that I stay around 8-10% body fat, walk a few miles a day, occasional Tabata, moderate lifting...the low-carb thang can only go so far. I've been doing a re-feed, either throughout the weekend or a big meal on Sunday nights, and that helps me sleep for a few nights. By the end of the week, however, I'm strugglin'. And it sucks. I've upped my D3, am super mindful of Omega ratios, and occasionally take 5-HTP or melatonin to work it out but it's successful just about half the time.

It's tough, but I think if you absolutely can't sleep and feel it in your body, get anxiety, tension, restless, whatever...go for it. If you're in tune with your body, don't ignore it. You might be a bit bloated the next day, but you'll be alright. Stay smart, though: don't trash your body with fake junk and crazy sugars.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on December 22, 2012
at 04:17 PM

400-600 mg of Magnesium Glycinate should help.

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4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

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on December 22, 2012
at 11:06 PM

I take that to mean carbs are good for you. So make sure you get them from good sources, in my mind this means getting carbs from fruits and not from grains. The non-starchy fruits, such as strained orange juice, watermelons, and grapes seem to be the best for me.

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on December 22, 2012
at 10:15 PM

I'm the same way but with food, I can't sleep as well when I'm hungry. I don't know if its the adrenals or carb metabolism because I've checked my glucose levels and they go along with average numbers throughout the day. Are you sure its just carbs and not food? Other symptoms I had relating to this:

Before going paleo I used to get light headed after breakfast when I started to get hungry.

I would get hungry If I drank water on a non-full stomach.

Try getting 30g of protein within the first 30 min of waking up; I've read somewhere it helps metabolism.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on December 24, 2012
at 01:58 AM

any recs/suggestions for the ~30 g protein source/s

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1c49fe652f10ee2207fef6de86dfbc9b

on December 23, 2012
at 04:01 PM

Nah, don't eat carbs before sleeep. It impedes HGH release and will ruin your sleep. Take a calcium/magnesium supplement and you'll sleep better.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on December 23, 2012
at 10:03 PM

Apparently it doesn't ruin her sleep. The case is quite the opposite.

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