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Fasting and trouble sleeping.

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Created April 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

I recently started doing 40 hour fasts from Sunday night to Tuesday evening. I have been having a really hard time getting to sleep on Monday nights. I do not feel super hungry I just have a ton of energy and feel very awake. I am pretty active, CrossFit 5x per week and Ultimate Frisbee 3x per week + I walk everywhere. Tried melatonin and had zero change in my sleepiness.

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on April 24, 2012
at 10:17 PM

Yeah seriously. I used to wake up in the middle of the night and lie for hours when I was hungry. It was terrible. I couldn't recover during my hours of sleep cause my body was so hungry. It is definitely a sign you need to eat more.

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on April 24, 2012
at 07:45 PM

Maybe if it's just extra energy you could add another workout in?

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on April 24, 2012
at 07:33 PM

When I was starving myself, I couldn't sleep. I'd go for days with no food. I'd lay awake at night squirming. It was my body telling me to get up and find food because it was REALLY HUNGRY. Something to consider...

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on April 24, 2012
at 07:28 PM

Oh. Yes, probably. You feel good? Maybe you're just happy and can't sleep? Honestly, this same thing happens to me. Sometimes I can't sleep b/c I'm so excited to work out the next day. Regardless, 40hrs seems unnecessarily long to go without food to me. BUt I'm unfamiliar with much of the theory behind the benefits of IF-ing.

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on April 24, 2012
at 06:44 PM

Wouldn't I feel crappy then?

Fde42105dbdf31f0345633844299da22

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on April 24, 2012
at 05:47 PM

My coffee consumption was the same, I generally have a large cup before the gym at 6:30 AM and then another cup when I get to work and then no coffee from then on. I did have two cups of green tea in the early afternoon.

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on April 24, 2012
at 05:45 PM

My diet has been pretty solid. A few cheats but the last three months I have been strictly Paleo. I am 6'3'' and 215 at approx. 18% bodyfat. My stress and sleep have been good. I actually feel great it was just strange for me to not feel sleepy, I got up this morning and did a set of max deadlifts at my CrossFit gym and matched my previous PR of 500lbs.

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on April 24, 2012
at 05:33 PM

Do you drink more coffee Monday during the day than you used to before you started IF-ing on Mondays?

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Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on April 24, 2012
at 05:34 PM

A lot of the experts advise to NOT mess with IF unless/until you're squared away with regard to diet, sleep, stress, etc.

There are times that I simply cannot sleep unless I put a little in my stomach.

For what it's worth, I think adequate sleep is more important than making it through a fast.

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on April 24, 2012
at 05:45 PM

My diet has been pretty solid. A few cheats but the last three months I have been strictly Paleo. I am 6'3'' and 215 at approx. 18% bodyfat. My stress and sleep have been good. I actually feel great it was just strange for me to not feel sleepy, I got up this morning and did a set of max deadlifts at my CrossFit gym and matched my previous PR of 500lbs.

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on April 24, 2012
at 06:29 PM

maybe your body was telling you to get out there and hunt. perhaps you had reached the point where the hormetic effects were exhausted?

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on April 24, 2012
at 06:42 PM

Your adrenals are probably shot.

Fde42105dbdf31f0345633844299da22

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on April 24, 2012
at 06:44 PM

Wouldn't I feel crappy then?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 24, 2012
at 07:28 PM

Oh. Yes, probably. You feel good? Maybe you're just happy and can't sleep? Honestly, this same thing happens to me. Sometimes I can't sleep b/c I'm so excited to work out the next day. Regardless, 40hrs seems unnecessarily long to go without food to me. BUt I'm unfamiliar with much of the theory behind the benefits of IF-ing.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 24, 2012
at 07:45 PM

Maybe if it's just extra energy you could add another workout in?

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