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Have you figured out how your sleep links to your Paleo metabolism?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 24, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Tell us a bit about how your sleep status makes you feel daily. Do you know how it helps you and how it hurts you based upon your N-1? Share with us what you have learned.

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on June 24, 2011
at 11:07 PM

ha - i found an even better and far less appropriate picture ;) And I love your pic - you've got great boobs!!

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on June 24, 2011
at 10:32 PM

Bree - I love you. AWESOME TORSO CHICKSSSS!!!!!! BTW - Have you seen the unfortunate post breastfeeding lumps I call my breasts?

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on June 24, 2011
at 10:27 PM

ok - so i put up a torso pic - nothing as spectacular as you or bb - but boobs all the same!

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on June 24, 2011
at 04:17 PM

Thanks Eric......we will see what others think. I'm very interested in the answers.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on June 24, 2011
at 04:16 PM

babies are rough......just got a flashback!

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on June 24, 2011
at 03:30 PM

Bree - join the Torso Chicks. It's a movement. It's fun.

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on June 24, 2011
at 03:00 PM

if i could vote this up a million times i would - mine is 2 and still is a rubbish sleeper - man what i would give for a night of uninterrupted sleep!

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on June 24, 2011
at 01:44 PM

Great Question!

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0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on June 24, 2011
at 01:20 PM

I have a teething one year old, so I can speak to my symptoms of lack of sleep. Headache, puffy face, stomach upset, foggy thinking, worse coordination, lower stress tolerance, and fatigue of course. It's interesting that sleep deprivation in the summer does not effect me as badly as in the winter. Here in the NW summer days start at 4:30 am, so maybe the light helps.

I would speak to what good sleep feels like, I just can't remember.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on June 24, 2011
at 04:16 PM

babies are rough......just got a flashback!

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(12379)

on June 24, 2011
at 10:27 PM

ok - so i put up a torso pic - nothing as spectacular as you or bb - but boobs all the same!

Medium avatar

(12379)

on June 24, 2011
at 11:07 PM

ha - i found an even better and far less appropriate picture ;) And I love your pic - you've got great boobs!!

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 24, 2011
at 03:30 PM

Bree - join the Torso Chicks. It's a movement. It's fun.

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(12379)

on June 24, 2011
at 03:00 PM

if i could vote this up a million times i would - mine is 2 and still is a rubbish sleeper - man what i would give for a night of uninterrupted sleep!

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 24, 2011
at 10:32 PM

Bree - I love you. AWESOME TORSO CHICKSSSS!!!!!! BTW - Have you seen the unfortunate post breastfeeding lumps I call my breasts?

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on June 24, 2011
at 02:45 PM

When my diet is in check and VLC (i.e. I am actually trying to lose weight), I'm guaranteed to my weight drop (even a little) over a good night's sleep.

When my diet is in check and VLC, but I don't sleep well (i.e. I am actually trying to lose weight), I will probably see no change, or even a small gain (cortisol maybe?).

I would guesstimate sleeping 7-8 hours a night and quality of sleep have been about 20% responsible for my personal dietary success (where 75% is probably diet and 5% is exercise). I consider it to be that important... which is why I've invested so much time and effort into improving my sleep.

Here are the things I've done to improve my quality of sleep and waking...

  1. Eliminated all "light" from bedroom and invested in blackout curtians.
  2. Eliminated "sound" alarm clocks, I keep a clock in the closet that has a remote switch to turn lights on gradually at a specific time.
  3. Earplugs to combat neighbors, "what was that?" sounds, etc...
  4. Ceiling fan for ambient circulating airflow.
  5. If I do "cheat" and have alcohol, do not drink within 2-3 hours of bedtime.
  6. Getting over my supplement phobia I've re-introduced ZMA (400mg Mag Citrate, 30mg Zinc, 10mg B6) 30min before bed.

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on June 24, 2011
at 04:18 PM

I am working on getting my sleep dialed in, as this may be the major influence in my rather lengthy plateau. Right now, I average a little under 7 hours and am working my way toward 8 (I am a doctoral student who works full time, so this is a tough lifestyle change). Caffeine is relegate to the morning only and I try not to eat after 7 pm.

As for results of low sleep:

  • weight loss plateau
  • chronic inflammation (goes away on vacation, for example)
  • foggy mind, grouchy demeanor, cravings

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on June 24, 2011
at 03:03 PM

I'm up every few hours, like Meredith, except I can't blame it on a baby. On the rare nights when I do get an uninterrupted night, I'm smarter, calmer, happier, and have more energy. For the past couple of weeks, my sleep has been very inconsistent and I am none of the above. It takes all I've got to get anything done at all.
I have not yet figured out why I go through cycles of terrible sleep patterns, but I'm paying attention and hope it'll come to me soon. At the moment, I'm LC to VLC, completely grainless, alcohol-free , processed-free, and have cut my caffeine intake in half.

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on June 24, 2011
at 02:17 PM

When I sleep poorly I have a much harder time not eating sugar and wheat-laden foods. My body seems to crave fructose and tons of calories. I'm not sure if it's just to make me feel better momentarily via sugar rush or a method of gaining more calories to help with the lower amount of rest. I think this sort of thing is backed up by studies.

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