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what could cause extreme insomnia on a low carb diet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 06, 2012 at 8:50 PM

it happens each time i attempt a ketogenic diet. i eat high-quality foods and that doesn't seem to matter. i also experience tingling arms and legs when trying to sleep on a low carb diet. anyone know what the problem could be?

383127951e2e17f23b584cd3842bb796

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on December 07, 2012
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no. a ketogenic diet is really the only type that satiates me. i have to force myself to eat but i do meet my caloric needs. it's difficult to describe the way i feel when i try to sleep. i feel energetic and amped but in a stressed/anxious sort of way.

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on December 06, 2012
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Carbs come from veggies just fyi, doesn't mean you have to reintroduce grains that will do you no good

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yeah it happens only on a low carb diet. also, i don't know if it's associated with ketosis because i can sleep fine while fasting.

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on December 06, 2012
at 09:31 PM

Carbohydrates are required to drive tryptophan into the body. Tryptophan is the precursor of seretonin Serotonin converts to melotonin - the sleep hormone

Very low carb diets may drive serotonin and melotonin low - leaving you unable to sleep http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.co.nz/2011/09/carbs-and-serotonin-connection-after.html

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 06, 2012
at 10:23 PM

Carbs come from veggies just fyi, doesn't mean you have to reintroduce grains that will do you no good

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on December 06, 2012
at 09:09 PM

not eating enough carbs might be your problem

haha sorry, I had to go there.

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on December 07, 2012
at 12:07 AM

I agree with what other users have already posted. For me especially, being fairly low-weight for my height but trying to loose fat and gain lean muscle, I find that if I am under my caloric intake for the day by any more than ~200 calories, I have serious trouble sleeping. This is almost immediately alleviated by eating some extra calories, particularly fat.

I don't know if you're trying to lose weight going ketogenic, but you should try counting calories for a day to see if you're in a caloric deficit without knowing it or in more of a deficit than you anticipated.

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on December 06, 2012
at 09:42 PM

Some good answers here, it also could be increased stress hormones

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on December 07, 2012
at 05:11 AM

Could be your thyroid. Don't go 0 carb. You have to have some carbs in your diet to prevent hypothyroidism.

Make sure you don't go too low carb either. It is good for some people, but not for all. What if you are healthier on higher carbs diets? You don't want to screw up your body. Alternate low carbs days and higher carbs days. Try a higher carb diet - 70 carb grams per day.

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on December 07, 2012
at 12:47 AM

Ummmmm....NOT eating enough carbs!

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on December 06, 2012
at 10:51 PM

Do you experience hunger on this diet? Your body could be keeping itself awake because it's in "search for food" mode (to put it non-scientifically).

383127951e2e17f23b584cd3842bb796

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on December 07, 2012
at 01:00 AM

no. a ketogenic diet is really the only type that satiates me. i have to force myself to eat but i do meet my caloric needs. it's difficult to describe the way i feel when i try to sleep. i feel energetic and amped but in a stressed/anxious sort of way.

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on December 06, 2012
at 10:32 PM

Low calorie or it could be psychological (literally like you think it will cause insomnia so it does).

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 06, 2012
at 09:09 PM

Is it ONLY on a low-carb diet?

Insomnia is often result of hormonal imbalances, as in the body not being able to produce hormones which regulate sleep and anxiety.

This has a few causes:

-Malabsortion: Digestive issues.

-Endocrine disruptors. Heavy metals imitate hormones when they enter the body, preventing it from producing its own hormones. Heavy metals would also make sense of your tingling arms/legs

Insomnia is not related to enviromental stimuli. That is #1 fallacy most every "sleep doctor" makes. Anyone can fall asleep with the tv flashing, right after using the computer, in daylight,etc. If the body needs sleep, it will produce these hormones no matter what's going on in the environment unlessss it does not have the building blocks to produce the hormones OR it thinks it already has the hormones (heavy metals.)

EDIT Grains contain high levels of phytic acid which besides stripping nutrients, stip heavy metals from the body. This may or may not have anything to do with your case, just something to consider. If there is a very significant heavy metal contributor in your diet, the phytic acid may actually be of benefit.

383127951e2e17f23b584cd3842bb796

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on December 06, 2012
at 09:14 PM

yeah it happens only on a low carb diet. also, i don't know if it's associated with ketosis because i can sleep fine while fasting.

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