Increased Energy from Paleo Diet + Crossfit

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 25, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Ok, I may get shot down and simple answers i should have thought about thrown at me but...

I have been Paleo for around a 2 years now and doing crossfit for around 6 months....i play football 3 times a week and work in crossfit to optimise performance. The diet change and increase in exercise has given me SO much energy i never seem tired... so struggle to get the 8-10 hours that is preached. When i do get a good sleep, i feel great for days and notice the benefits on body comp and stress maybe later that week. But sleep cycle is screwed it seems from excess energy!

I can't win:)

However once a week i seem to feel utterly rubbish, people comment along the lines of depression... could this be it catching up without the feeling of tiredness at all? or something else?

Questions are mainly, how would you recommend me getting back my sleep? and what is going on with my mood!?

hack away/shoot me down....go

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on February 27, 2012
at 02:30 PM

Prior to the invention of the lightbulb, humans had a "Segmented" sleep pattern ... 3-5 hours of "first sleep" ... then up for 1-2 hours in the middle of the night ... then 2nd sleep till sunrise. Plus, a nap in midday.

The awake time around 1 to 3am, was spent thinking, analyzing dreams (you remember them more vividly), socializing, having sex, reading, writing, etc.

In other words, there may be absolutely nothing wrong with you at all. If you're body is now working correctly, you WILL awaken in the middle of the night, as you should.



on February 26, 2012
at 12:53 AM

Powdered Magnesium is amazing. I drink it every night. It relaxes me and I sleep great with no drowsy feeling in the morning.


I drink unflavored but they have flavored. It's cheap and amazing.



on February 26, 2012
at 01:03 AM

It's possible you're overtraining. It's happened to me a couple times when I was lifting too much. It's stressful to the central nervous system. I would lie in bed for hours, taking forever to fall asleep, and after a few weeks, I felt awful all the time (though I could still mostly complete my workouts).

You could try eating more or working out less. When it happened to me, I actually had to stop working out completely for 2 or 3 weeks before I felt normal again. Overtraining is no joke.


on February 25, 2012
at 10:48 PM

How do you sleep? Dark room with no TV or radio?

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