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Ketosis induced Nightmares??

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Created April 17, 2012 at 10:02 PM

I made a post yesterday about how I think I am in ketosis and I am having trouble sleeping. Then last night I slept but don't think I had a dream, but today early in the morning is when I slept deep and was having dreams and they were horrible. I had nightmares and I was scared lol. I haven't had a nightmare since I was maybe 6 years old (even that was about me going to the forest and i stepped in a bunch of worms lol). Yea sure I have had maybe violence in my dreams before but I wouldn't call them nightmares. It was so strange. Do any of you that are in ketosis have nightmares? Should I break the ketosis and start eating starchy Vegetables?

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on April 18, 2012
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I just ate soup with 2 small potatoes, a carrot, and beef in it. That should hopefully bring me out of ketosis safely. I always have vivid "good" dreams and sleep a long time also, but during ketosis , I wasn't able to sleep and the little good sleep I got, I had these "negative" dreams. I am hoping to recuperate with good sleep and then attempt ketosis again in a few weeks.

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on April 17, 2012
at 10:55 PM

I took 2000IU of vitamin D-3 yesterday.(I do it from time to time but never had nightmares from it)

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on April 17, 2012
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Well I don't know for sure, but I felt different from the day before yesterday (high energy). So I'd say about 2 days now.

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on April 17, 2012
at 10:26 PM

What supplements are you taking?

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on April 18, 2012
at 01:49 AM

I didn't necessarily have nightmares, but the dreams sure got interesting. I don't even watch The Walking Dead, and I've had wild zombie dreams. Now I'm just working on how to put some of those images into a coherent plot!

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on April 18, 2012
at 02:24 AM

I take topamax (a seizure drug) which from what I understand, mimics what ketosis does. I use it for migraines not seizures. All that said, when I first went on it, I had an huge increase in brain, dream activity. They were also very vivid and maybe a little nightmarish although I didn't wake up scared or anything. I had not experienced this in a LONG time. After awhile though, it all settled down and now I sleep very sound again and usually don't remember dreams much. Turning to paleo, I think my body had already made the adjustment and it went very easy. I know I've been in ketosis, although I think I have enough good carbs that I don't stay there.

My thoughts are that since this is new, and the ketosis is new, that it will pass and you'll start experiencing a better sleep pattern in time, probably soon. Otherwise, listen to your body's signals. Maybe up the carbs in the form of fruit or veggies. Maybe some squash or yams would be starchy enough. Your psychological condition is important in all of this too and if your stressed by the dreams and not getting a good quality sleep, you are not going to benefit from all the good things paleo has to offer.

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on April 18, 2012
at 02:44 AM

I just ate soup with 2 small potatoes, a carrot, and beef in it. That should hopefully bring me out of ketosis safely. I always have vivid "good" dreams and sleep a long time also, but during ketosis , I wasn't able to sleep and the little good sleep I got, I had these "negative" dreams. I am hoping to recuperate with good sleep and then attempt ketosis again in a few weeks.

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on April 18, 2012
at 12:31 AM

I stopped having nightmares when I went keto actually, or just low carb. It's when I eat lots of carbs that I get them. So for me it was the opposite. I'd suggest you start using a site like cronometer or fitday to make sure you're not missing essential nutrients on keto.

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on April 17, 2012
at 10:26 PM

How long have you been in/near ketosis? When you are adapting you can have some blood sugar swings and hypoglycemia at night can cause night sweats and nightmares. They do get better after a few days/weeks depending on how badly you burn fat.

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on April 17, 2012
at 10:54 PM

Well I don't know for sure, but I felt different from the day before yesterday (high energy). So I'd say about 2 days now.

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