Sleep issues, but only since returning from a holiday?

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Created October 02, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Hi All,

I spent a week away to Spain (Sunny and hot). And since I returned home (North, less light and colder), I have been waking up in the middle of the night almost every day.

Nothing at home has changed about my schedule, diet, habits, environment, apart from I suppose the light and heat.

I have never previously had any issue with waking up in the night, the only times I wake up in the night have been times when there's been an external event like a loud noise outside for example. So instances of waking up in the night were maybe once a month at the most, but now it is everyday.

It didn't occur when I was on holiday, or before, only since I got home. I don't believe it is jetlag as it has now carried on for almost a fortnight, and the flight was only 3 hours with a 1 hour timezone change.

As routine I get lots of daylight in the morning, shut off screens (tv etc) a couple hours before bed, get fresh air and exercise, no caffeine or alcohol before bed, have a cool dark bedroom... Have taken melatonin a couple nights as well...No change. Before going away I fell asleep in 10 minutes and stayed asleep for a solid 8 hours. Now I am up and down.

So I am now quite tired during the day, finding it hard to concentrate, stay motivated... When I'm tired I make worse choices about diet etc, and find I'm grumpier/more sharp tongued than it is fair to be.

Any thoughts or suggestions? I have things I would rather be doing then sitting around being groggy and grumpy :)

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on October 28, 2012
at 05:40 AM

I have had the same problems as you for the last week. I returned from holidays one week ago.

I will eat dinner at about 6-7pm, go to bed about 9-10.30pm. Wake up between 1-3am. Toilet breaks - BUT I feel light headed and hungry! On paleo, I always eat fulfilling dinners so I can't understand it!

I have tried coconut oil and cheese on separate nights this has happened. The cheese has a much more relaxing effect. I think my body is jut craving more fat in the evenings... Let us know how you go!



on October 02, 2012
at 04:43 PM

Eating more fat also helps. Eat juicy fatty grass fed beef cuts like oxtail and ribs. Make beef stews and bone broths. Use butter of ghee if you like. Fat helps me sleep better. Remember that saturated animal fat is your freind. Don't go overboard with it. Eat just enough of it to satiate.

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on October 02, 2012
at 11:10 AM

I had bad waking in the middle of the night that plagued me for years after I turned thirty. One day this spring, when I woke up it was nearly 5 am, at sunrise ( if been trying to sleep 12am-8am for years). I just got up. Felt amazing. Been getting up at 5am or as near to sunrise as possible since. As the northern hemisphere will have a later and later sunrise in winter, I may just maintain my 5am slot. I use a light on a timer as my alarm but never need it. Since that day I just got up, my life changed. After one month, sleep issues vanished and never returned.



on October 02, 2012
at 11:42 AM

Sounds like your body is just adjusting to the stress of day-to-day life. I tend to find that I will go wake up in the middle of the night when I have a lot of stress in my life. My trick, read a book. When you wake up, you are likely coming off of a circadian trough, and when you are on the way up you are very alert. Reading helps you relax, and causes eye strain which will help you get back to sleep.



on October 02, 2012
at 10:56 AM

Try sleeping on an Earthing sheet. It helps with jetlag, adjusting the body to the local day rhythm. Gives a deeper sleep. Could your adrenals be tired? Check out dr. Wilson on the subject. Sweet dreams! :)

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