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Any tips to help me stop drinking before bed

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 22, 2011 at 10:48 AM

I usually have a smoothie (soy milk or coconut milk w protein powder and splenda) around 7 but seem to be thirsty later and against my better judgment I drink some more water or another smoothie. (Maybe the smoothie ignites my thirst somehow). Any tips or strategies (beyond the obvious, that it will prevent me from getting up in the middle of the night to pee) to help me prevent drinking close to bedtime would be appreciated.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on October 14, 2012
at 12:15 PM

Protein can increase diuresis, maybe the protein powder is to blame.

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on July 22, 2011
at 06:45 PM

Agreed. It's worth mentioning here that intolerance of coconut is a separate issue from intolerance of ingredients added to "coconut milk" (the thickener guar gum) or reactions to compounds leaching in from the lining of the can (BPA).

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on July 22, 2011
at 06:41 PM

soymilk? protein powder? splenda? you might be in the wrong forum.

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on July 22, 2011
at 03:21 PM

Just drink more water throughout the day if you don't want to be thirsty at night.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

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on July 22, 2011
at 03:16 PM

In a healthy person, blood glucose will never go high enough to exceed the kidney's reabsorption threshold. Even if someone eats a really sugary meal. So if he's not diabetic, the smoothie isn't raising his blood sugar enough to cause that symptom of increased urination.

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on July 22, 2011
at 12:23 PM

Does going pee at night disturb your sleep? I often pee 2-3 times a night and get great sleep.

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D3ff004d4a0c42b67cc2c49a5ee9c0f3

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on July 22, 2011
at 11:06 AM

This is really complicated, but if you want to go to bed without drinking something beforehand, then don't drink something before you go to bed.

If you are drinking because you are thirsty, quit drinking smoothies around 7 and drink water instead around 7. If you are doing the smoothie because you are hungry, eat some meat around 6 and drink water with it until you are no longer thirsty. That should give you plenty of time to pee out the excess.

finally, maybe you are now in the habit of waking up to pee. You may not be able to sleep, but unless it is an emergency, don't go and pee. After a night or two of no sleep because you have to pee, you'll probably be ok on the 3rd night. It happens to me every so often and that is what I do.

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on July 22, 2011
at 06:11 PM

To sidestep your question, soy milk and splenda seems really sketchy and could be negatively affecting you in some manor. Also, and I know people might not wanna hear this, but I don't know how good coconut milk is for you. I'll let Chris Kresser explain but even before I read his post I could tell that my body didn't like coconut milk, while I had no problems with coconut water, cream, or flakes.

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on July 22, 2011
at 06:45 PM

Agreed. It's worth mentioning here that intolerance of coconut is a separate issue from intolerance of ingredients added to "coconut milk" (the thickener guar gum) or reactions to compounds leaching in from the lining of the can (BPA).

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on July 22, 2011
at 12:07 PM

You could be stimulating insulin production with the protein powder and splenda. Insulin blocks the excretion of sodium and this could be leading to a thirst response.

I think that a low-carb whole food meal at night and plenty of straight water should do the trick.

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on July 22, 2011
at 02:26 PM

It is very possible that the smoothie is raising your blood sugar pretty high -- splenda CAN affect blood sugar just like regular sugar. It just depends on your body chemistry. I know, for example, that splenda raises my blood sugar about 1/2-3/4 what regular sugar would, so for me it's not even worth it. Not to mention that soy milk is often stuffed with sugar. If you're at all sensitive, and your blood sugar goes up, that could easily cause you to have to pee abnormally much. Heck, that peeing-in-the-middle-of-the-night thing is how I knew I was diabetic :P

Now, I'm NOT saying you're diabetic! But when your sugar rises, the body responds by absorbing (via insulin) and/or peeing out any excess.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on July 22, 2011
at 03:16 PM

In a healthy person, blood glucose will never go high enough to exceed the kidney's reabsorption threshold. Even if someone eats a really sugary meal. So if he's not diabetic, the smoothie isn't raising his blood sugar enough to cause that symptom of increased urination.

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on October 14, 2012
at 12:30 PM

I usually drink Natural Calm (mag supplement) with water right before bedtime. I don't wake up to pee, even though before paleo I woke up to pee 2-3 times per night. I'd suggest cleaning up your diet a bit more, especially since as people have pointed out, you may be missing some if the finer points of paleo, like no soy!

Meanwhile, if you're thirsty before bedtime, drink some water. Generally, avoid smoothies or any food right before bedtime, according to various paleo sources (reduces growth hormone production during sleep).

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on July 22, 2011
at 05:16 PM

I know when I really started to monitor my carb intake and in so doing, my insulin levels, I went from peeing 2-3 times a night to sleeping through the night like a freaking rock. Not sure of the mechanism yet but for my n=1 the more carbs I have the poorer my sleep is due to bathroom trips.

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on July 22, 2011
at 04:25 PM

Its called will power just don't do it! I know it sounds crass but its just that simple.

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E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on July 22, 2011
at 02:02 PM

The protein will increase dieuresis, so perhaps not having a protein shake shortly before bed will help?

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on July 22, 2011
at 01:09 PM

I tend to drink lots of water before bed because I am not so great at drinking it all day long and I get dehydrated to a point that I can't stand it. Maybe try upping your water intake all day long. Also, I agree that the smoothie is probably stimulating thirst. :~)

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on October 14, 2012
at 12:12 PM

why would you go against what your body wants? if youre thirsty drink water. just cuz grok didnt have a cup in his cave doesnt mean its bad to drink before bed. cooking is unnatural but its part of the paleo lifestyle right? besides if youre thirsty youre already dehydrated.

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