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just started, soooo tired, can sleep all the time

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 05, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Just wondering why I'm so tired most of the time. I just started paleo about three weeks ago, no real medical issues, other than being a normally busy dad. I am sleeping 8+ (up to 10-11) hours most nights (I'm lucky), except waking up a few times with kids. Still more than I am used to sleeping for the last 10+ years, but I just feel like I can stay in bed and sleep forever. Am I just recovering on my "lost sleep" or could it be something else?

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on March 09, 2012
at 12:00 AM

I read this response and felt like I was reading a description of myself!! Please update us on the sleep study.

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on March 05, 2012
at 08:12 PM

My first meal is after work.

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on March 05, 2012
at 06:29 PM

Yeah, but be careful on timing. If I take MCT's at night, I'm bouncing off the walls and not sleeping... :)

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on March 05, 2012
at 04:06 PM

Just have to say, this plan sounds excellent. Wish I had a couch at my office! :)

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on March 05, 2012
at 09:17 AM

Just make sure you get enough calories from healthy fats (coconut oil, tallow, ghee, etc.)

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at 09:10 AM

I suppose you've cut out many carbs? It's a natural process, your body is adapting to the new diet. This "low carb flu" should disappear after 2-3 weeks from the beginning.

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on March 05, 2012
at 09:01 AM

If you are sticking to pretty strict paleo than you need to think of it as detox. Just like a drug addict coming down from a high, they are going to sleep a lot. Your body is detoxing from all the sugar, gluten, soy ect... that you have been putting in it for so many years. I went through the same thing. I have now been paleo for almost a year and have never felt better about my sleep pattern. Just stick with it.

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9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on March 05, 2012
at 09:41 AM

I had this issue for 5 months after going paleo, and I've never done low carb and unlikely to be detox as it lasted so long. I got sleepy every day after my first meal (I do IF).

Then I moved to biphasic sleeping, which is a fancy way to say I take a nap. 6 hours sleeping in the night, 90 min nap after first meal. That fixed it right up, and is much better for me than sleeping 7.5 hours during night with no naps.

9beda76f4e91faedc8fa70ecdc01251e

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on March 05, 2012
at 04:06 PM

Just have to say, this plan sounds excellent. Wish I had a couch at my office! :)

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on March 05, 2012
at 08:12 PM

My first meal is after work.

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on August 01, 2012
at 01:28 PM

I feel the same way as well.

We started Paleo about three weeks ago. I wake up during the week at 0530 for Crossfit and go to work. By the time 3:00pm comes I am ready to crash.

Any suggestions?

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on March 05, 2012
at 06:16 PM

I've found lots of MCT's help ease this transition. You will find MCT fats in highest quantity from Coconut Oil, in lesser content from grassfed butter and tallow.

Also, if you aren't scared of caffeine, maybe have a cup or two of coffee or tea in the morning. My latest guilty pleasure is a Chai Spiced Yerba Mate I found, with a tablespoon or so of coconut oil melted into it. Absolutely awesome.

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on March 05, 2012
at 06:29 PM

Yeah, but be careful on timing. If I take MCT's at night, I'm bouncing off the walls and not sleeping... :)

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on March 05, 2012
at 06:06 PM

I am curious about this as well. I have had a similar problem going on 2 years. I have had blood work twice, and all my levels look OK (thyroid, etc.)... I am actually having a sleep study done this Thursday to see if there could be anything else causing my fatigue. I can sleep 10+ hours a night, and still be tired. I am JUST starting Paleo, and honestly, just starting back exercising after a few years. I'm 24, turning 25 in about a month. I'm hoping the change in diet and exercise will help. I hope I don't feel MORE tired!!

2e29c32e37ffbc96ba0b5e312f4712a5

(65)

on March 09, 2012
at 12:00 AM

I read this response and felt like I was reading a description of myself!! Please update us on the sleep study.

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on March 05, 2012
at 04:05 PM

Just wanted to say, that getting up with kids a couple of times can really disrupt your sleep more than you expect. It did for me. I was really tired, but just tried to catch up on what I felt were years of not enough sleep. (3 kids, age 4,6,8)

Since it's only been 3 weeks, it could be the detoxing like people say. But maybe you want to change your diet more gradually if you think that would help things... Some people are good at quick changes, but some are better at gradual changes.

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