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Insomnia during Paleo Trial

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 28, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Hello! I started a paleo trial (well, primal I guess since I???m still eating dairy) a little over a week ago and these past four nights I have had terrible insomnia. I???ve been waking up after only an hour or two of sleep and can???t get back to sleep until the wee hours of the morning. The past few nights I???ve only gotten 2-4 hours. Oddly I???m not that tired during the day, but it???s still pretty frustrating. The reason I am doing the trial is because I was curious about the health benefits that so many people have reported ??? more energy, better sleep, increased strength, better skin, etc, etc. However, lying awake all night doesn???t feel very healthy at all. Did anyone else experience this when they first made the switch? If so, did you eventually sleep better?

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on October 02, 2012
at 04:25 PM

No, actually I've never even had coconut oil. I do eat coconut flakes occasionally, but not every evening. The problem has been much better these past few days!

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on September 28, 2012
at 11:33 PM

Thank you Nili! That's great to know!!

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on September 28, 2012
at 11:33 PM

I haven't been counting carbs, but I don't think its low since I eat lots of fruit and vegetables. For the most part I have been feeling really good. My constant hunger and blood sugar dips are blissfully gone. I have had some light headedness, but that’s the only negative symptom I’ve noticed.

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on September 28, 2012
at 10:15 PM

Perhaps inclusion of how low-carb you are? Any symptoms during the wakefulness? Racing heart? Need to pee, especially lots of clear urine? Frustrated/edgey or just alert?

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on September 29, 2012
at 04:59 PM

Just curious, are you eating coconut oil with/after dinner? That can rev your metabolism and make you feel a bit wired.

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on October 02, 2012
at 04:25 PM

No, actually I've never even had coconut oil. I do eat coconut flakes occasionally, but not every evening. The problem has been much better these past few days!

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on January 02, 2014
at 04:17 PM

I had some difficulty with insomnia the first few days as well, suprisingly I found that having an orgasim helped with this.

Enjoy your partner or show yourself some love.

I would like to get other people's options on this.

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on January 29, 2013
at 04:17 AM

There are a couple of things that could cause insomnia that are often associated with switching to primal/paleo:

  1. When are you exercising? Have you started exercising closer to bed time?
  2. Changes in alcohol use? This can have a big impact on sleep.
  3. Any heavy lifting that might be leading to muscle tenseness, making it harder to rest?

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on January 29, 2013
at 03:04 AM

Wow, I am having the same issue and have been drinking tons of coconut water and cooking exclusively with coconut oil and milk.. Thanks for the info, hopefully now I can start getting some sleep..

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on October 13, 2012
at 09:18 PM

Try some sweet potatoes before bed. I had the same problems with insomnia when I started paleo, but I found that consuming some safe starches before bed helped enormously. You might want to include a little fat/protein too.

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on September 28, 2012
at 11:30 PM

Some people sleep better with a few carbs before bedtime, and some do better with a little fat. I'm in the fat camp. You could also try magnesium citrate. It has several benefits, one of which is sleepiness. Others have soaked in epsom salts for the same benefit. Definately no coconut oil before bedtime, that will keep you up.

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on September 28, 2012
at 10:53 PM

This exact thing happens to me as well in the first few days to a week of cutting out grains, sugar, etc. I have found that if I am consistant with my diet it goes away after that. If I keep "cheating" and going back and forth beween paleo and sugar/grains etc. it continues longer. Motivation to keep with it!

Good luck! Hope you get some sleep soon!

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on September 28, 2012
at 11:33 PM

Thank you Nili! That's great to know!!

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on September 28, 2012
at 10:18 PM

See above comment on what info would be helpful.

That said... Dairy will spike insulin beyond the level of carb it contains. This can drive blood sugar down. This can lead to hypoglycemia which can wake you up. If your body does an emergency dump of glucose to get your blood sugar up after a crash it does so with a hit of adrenaline which can leave you wide awake.

You can A - up your carbs. B - dump the milk.

Or it could be nothing of the sort...

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on September 28, 2012
at 10:08 PM

I get insomnia, but it's not because of how I eat. I'm anxious about school.

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