I've always been a bad sleeper - often use Ambien or similar - and in recent years had taken to sleeping 8-9 hours a night, which I don't necessarily think is healthy for many of us.
Since going Paleo 3 months ago, I find that I not only sleep through the night sans drugs, but that I now spring out of bed after only 6 hours or so. I'm exercising now, which I'm sure helps, but even when I worked out pre-Paleo it didn't have this effect.
Has anyone else found that their need for sleep has declined on Paleo?
asked byLee_2 (1505)
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on April 06, 2011
at 07:53 PM
I'm new to paleo -- about 30 days or so.
I find that I sometimes feel incredible after 6 hours of sleep. Sometimes I need 10-12, but I feel my body telling me that "I'm tired, go to bed!" happens more when I need that much. I think it just depends on my activity, food, and stress level. I notice I need to sleep more to handle any additional stress. When life is boring, I usually get a lot less sleep and do fine.
on April 06, 2011
at 07:45 PM
I think "need for sleep" is subjective. Despite your energy level, most people here would recomend the 8-9 hours you were previously getting. It's mostly about hormone control ie. cortisol, meletonin levels...etc. Robb wolf and others recomend "Lights Out' by T.S. Wiley. Im sure others here will give you a more detailed synopsis about this.
on April 07, 2011
at 08:50 AM
A few things spring to mind which I blogged about here.
Hormones seem to be intrinsically linked to light. And so you might well expect a seasonal variation in the amount of sleep you require between summer and winter. (Read 'Lights Out'). Obviously sleep will also vary due to stress and exercise.
You might want to try to limit exposure to blue and white light as it gets to dusk, so avoid things like TV or computer screens after sundown.
Finally, can you imagine the effect of 'survivability' if you went to sleep for a solid 8 hours the minute your head hit the pillow? Therefore I think it is both necessary and healthy to stir throughout the night - as long as you are awakening 'fully refreshed'. If so then relax about 'only' getting 6 hours sleep!