After doing Paleo for about a year, I'm about to start my very first Whole 30 this coming Monday.
Here's the problem: I have sleep issues. Sometimes I don't fall asleep until the early morning and then I'm exhausted. Sometimes I fall asleep right away and wake up around 3am and then feel exhausted (and no, this wasn't a case of waking up for a while and then falling back asleep again - I'd just be up and then feel like death at work).
Thanks to very helpful Paleohackers in other sleep questions here, I've learned that a teaspoon of honey and some vitamin D (one 5,000 mg pill for now) before going to bed works great.
However, I can't have honey during my Whole 30! I've so far tried substituting a banana (didn't work) and a few nights later tried a date (similar carbs/sugar to honey - didn't work).
I haven't experimented with Magnesium or Melatonin for various reasons. Mostly, I'm worried that my system would get use to one dose, then I'd have to increase the dose, I'd get used to that, increase the dose, etc., etc.
So what do I do now?
asked byDJDeeJay (35)
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on March 16, 2012
at 04:56 PM
I would just take the teaspoon of honey...
on March 16, 2012
at 11:13 PM
Have you tried just the honey without the Vitamin D?
I mention this because some people report that taking Vitamin D later in the day or before-bed disturbs their sleep. Vit D seems to make some people more alert (may also be dose related), not a good thing if you want to sleep.
So, you could try moving your Vitamin D supplement to the morning.
on March 16, 2012
at 07:01 PM
Get a magnesium supplement called Natural Calm. I buy mine from Amazon.com. There is a version with no added sweeteners that is Whole30 compliant. The magnesium has a sedative effect that does NOT wear off over time. At least it hasn't quit working for me over a two year period.
on March 16, 2012
at 05:04 PM
When sleep eludes us, we naturally want to find a fix. We can end up working really hard to get sleep to happen. Rather like approaching an athletic event: attempting to get all the main variables dialed in (diet, supplements, hydration, equipment) to increase chances of optimal performance. My sense is sleep doesn't fit a "training model." Especially attempts to get enough sleep to be rested for a particular occasion. Even with aids like Magnesium or Melatonin, an individual's mental factors (anxiety, overthinking, worry) tend to get the upper hand.
So, speaking from experience: I would recommend doing all the obvious stuff (avoiding both caffeine and alcohol prior to the desired sleep bout; no TV, computer, lights, or reading in bed), and then, relax. I can't cite any particular study to prove the following, but I know it to be true first hand: Lying in bed awake but with a quiet, calm, unperturbed mind, is way more restful than lying in a frantic state of mind. The old saw about counting sleep is actually wise. If not sheep, simply note the rising and falling of your breath, at the abdomen. Or do some simple guided imagery and auto suggestion: "I am resting deeply, I am relaxed and calm..." Keep these statements in the present tense, not "I will be rested tomorrow." When I follow this strategy, I not only spend more restful time even though I am awake ??? I actually tend to fall asleep. Not necessarily continuous sleep, but short periods of sleep are better than frantic wakefulness.
If you find yourself lying awake even so, thinking and worrying about "tomorrow," don't judge or scold yourself. Smile and go back to just being there. Since rest correlates with warm extremities, say to yourself: "My hands are heavy and warm. My feet are heavy and warm." Repeat this and your hands and feet will eventually begin to follow the suggestion.
on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM
Natural Calm with Dorado Galores advice should work for you.
on April 13, 2012
at 08:05 AM
Ashwagandha has become my go-to thing when I need to get to sleep. I take a dose of the tincture, and within 1/2 hour light and sound starts to get annoying, so I turn off all the lights and TV, crawl into bed and pass out pretty fast after that. It seems to work best when taken by 9pm for me, and then I'm asleep by 10, for some reason if I let myself stay awake until I get a second wind at 11ish it doesn't work nearly as well.
It is an adaptogen, so you can take it in the morning also to help establish your internal clock even more.
I saw an article posted a few days ago about a NY times author going without sugar for a year, and he said the first thing he noticed was that within a few days he didn't wake up too early anymore. The fact that honey is helping makes me think it might be a blood sugar thing.
on March 17, 2012
at 04:06 AM
Another up vote for magnesium and/or melatonin. Also, are you exercising regularly? Good vigorous exercise in the early part of the day is strongly correlated with better quality of sleep later. Also, having a consistent bedtime ritual can help--ie, 10pm take your magnesium, brush your teeth, change to jammies, 10:15, read for 15 minutes and then get into bed, 10:30 turn off lights. If you have a standard protocol/routine at the same time each night, your body starts getting the message that it's time to get ready to go to sleep. Go to sleep at the same time, and wake up at the same time each day. No napping. No using your bed for anything besides sleeping and sex. Keep bedroom quite cool, and use blankets if you need warmth. Hope that helps!