Intro and How can paleo help my insomnia?

Answered on May 16, 2014
Created May 15, 2014 at 5:28 PM

My name is Christi and I went paleo a year ago April after being diagnosed with hashimotos. it wasn't a big change, I was low grain low carb because of hypoglycemia. My numbers are great after a year if paleo-- thyroid seems to be doing its job, adrenals are a ??

My goals are to become stronger and have more energy. My weight is fine But my biggest problem in life is insomnia. I wake up nearly every night between 3-4am and generally don't get back to sleep for at least 2 hours if at all. I generally have to eat when I wake up because of low blood sugar. Stomach growling at 3am! But that is after I am awake for 15-20 minutes so it's not hunger that wakes me, I've always needed to eat upon rising. But it could be low blood sugar and accompanying cortisol spike? I'm lost and too tired to make any sense of it.

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on May 16, 2014
at 12:31 AM

also, avoid caffeine and alcohol. A coffee at 8am will keep me up the next night.



on May 15, 2014
at 11:42 PM

That's exactly what it is. When your blood sugar goes too low, your body signals cortisol to invoke gluconeogenesis. This causes your body to convert protein into sugar. So try to eat some slow digesting fiberous starchy carbs. Sweet potato for example.

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