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My sleeping/waking times are changing!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 05, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Almost two weeks on paleo now. Pre-paleo my bedtime was closer to midnight and waking at 7 am to get the kids ready for school was always a difficult task. Now I find yself willingly going to bed around 10 pm and i have been waking up earlier. This morning I easily woke up at 5:30 am and am sitting here having my morning coffee and breakfast, already dressed and ready to get going, just waiting for the kids to wake up! Gotta say the this quiet morning time is kind of nice. Anyone else experience something like this?

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on July 09, 2013
at 08:50 PM

same thing happened to me after going paleo! it's amazing to experience the quiet beauty of the morning

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on March 06, 2012
at 02:54 AM

I just had supper and had a huge energy surge after eating my clean version of a Chinese chicken salad ( recipe from marks daily apple) and I had what should have been a really tiring day today. I'm loving this :)

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on March 05, 2012
at 07:50 PM

Good thing daylight savings is around the corner! Well, depending on where you live, I guess :)

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on March 05, 2012
at 03:03 PM

Yes, definitely a sugar reduction. This is such an awesome and unexpected side effect!

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on March 05, 2012
at 03:02 PM

That is amazing. And great motivation to keep up with this! I've never been a morning person. Wow.

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on March 05, 2012
at 02:35 PM

The more you stick to the diet, the more this happens. If I cheat with the diet I become an insomniac again. It has to do with circadian rhythms, and also being attentive to when the sun is up. Humans are for the most part diurnal creatures. Society however, with electric lamps and forced schedules, has been changing that.

There's a fair amount of science to back this up. A good book on the subject is called Lights Out. Highly, highly recommended.

Thanks for the inspiration to not cheat. I need to sleep better :-)

E40b32563baba703ee3d23998c849cd0

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on March 05, 2012
at 03:02 PM

That is amazing. And great motivation to keep up with this! I've never been a morning person. Wow.

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on March 05, 2012
at 02:38 PM

Assuming paleo for you means a reduction in sugars (and possibly other stimulants) then it's not at all strange that you would shift to a more normal bedtime. It's hard work staying up so late after it gets dark.

E40b32563baba703ee3d23998c849cd0

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on March 05, 2012
at 03:03 PM

Yes, definitely a sugar reduction. This is such an awesome and unexpected side effect!

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on March 05, 2012
at 10:52 PM

I have wondered if eating exclusively clean foods means the body needs to spend less time repairing - and therefore less time sleeping. This certainly seems to be what I am finding - I'm rarely tired anymore, yet I seem to spend a lot less time sleeping - and wake up naturally before my alarm.

E40b32563baba703ee3d23998c849cd0

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on March 06, 2012
at 02:54 AM

I just had supper and had a huge energy surge after eating my clean version of a Chinese chicken salad ( recipe from marks daily apple) and I had what should have been a really tiring day today. I'm loving this :)

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