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Normal to sleep "heavier" on paleo?

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Created February 27, 2011 at 8:13 PM

When I was eating SAD I used to be so wired on caffeine and sugar all day that my sleep suffered. I found it very hard to fall asleep. I used to wake often, and I found it very difficult to go back to sleep. Any little noise used to rouse me from sleep. I never got up in the morning feeling rested.

Now that I've been eating mostly paleo for a few months my sleep has drastically changed. As my go-to-bed time approaches I'm getting really drowsy and finding it hard to force myself to stay awake. Now I fall asleep very quickly, usually within just a few minutes. And I'm a little concerned about how "heavily" I'm sleeping now. I'm sleeping through drastractions and noises in the night, like the near-hourly trains. I rarely wake up in the middle of the night now, and when I do I am able to go back to sleep quickly.

I know some of you are thinking, "So you're sleeping better now, what's the problem?" Well, after a lifetime of being a light sleeper it's been a huge change for me. It feels weird.

Is this change in sleeping patterns normal? Should I be concerned about how heavily I'm sleeping now?

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on February 28, 2011
at 05:44 AM

@ Dr.K is the 'lights out' book by T. S. Wiley & Bent Formby?

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on February 28, 2011
at 12:36 AM

Starting to feel better about this. Actually, I'm looking forward to going to sleep tonight!

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on February 28, 2011
at 12:04 AM

Sleep is huge for a paleo lifestyle. I would suggest you read "Lights Out" great book......some crazy stuff in it but the science is solid.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on February 28, 2011
at 12:03 AM

this change shows youre getting better

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on February 27, 2011
at 11:38 PM

That's how I am, too. "Normal" noises, even loud ones, don't bother me a bit, but if I hear something out-of-the-ordinary I wake up instantly.

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on February 27, 2011
at 09:21 PM

If it were me I wouldn't get the job, at least not one outside the home. I hated working when my first child was born. I missed out on so much that way.

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1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

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on February 27, 2011
at 08:21 PM

No, I don't think that you should be concerned...I think you should be glad. Sleep is the body's repair-mode time, and maybe since your body is getting what it needs to maintain itself, you can finally relax. I also wonder if you aren't making up for all those years of poor sleep, too. Long story short...trust yourself. It sounds to me like you're doing great.

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on February 27, 2011
at 09:23 PM

It's OK to be able to sleep through trains. The first place I lived when I moved here to Ohio was right up next to a train track. About 4am or so there'd be a train sitting there and occasionally it'd make its typical loud hissy noises (something with the hydraulics). In the beginning that would wake me right up. After a while I got so used to it that it only woke me if its horn went off. You get used to stuff that's normal in your environment. I bet if someone broke into your house it'd wake you right up.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

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on February 27, 2011
at 11:38 PM

That's how I am, too. "Normal" noises, even loud ones, don't bother me a bit, but if I hear something out-of-the-ordinary I wake up instantly.

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on February 27, 2011
at 08:49 PM

I think it's great that you're sleeping much better now! Everyone should be able to sleep like this.

I'm a light sleeper myself, the daughter of alight sleeper and my son appears to be the same way. I picked up some ear plugs recently and have used an eye mask to keep out the light for a while now. I don't even hear my partner come to bed most nights now.

I've just recently changed my bedtime to very early so I can get up earlier in the morning with no alarm needed. The first week was brilliant. The second week, when I reverted back to old habits due to a bit of a disaster that happened here, I was a tired grumpy old cow. The last two nights I've been to sleep earlier and slept hard but feeling better for it today. After years of not enough sleep, one week of good sleep and a noticable difference the following week in the lack of good sleep has convinced me to change my habits for good!

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on February 27, 2011
at 08:20 PM

I find that I am sleeping a lot better now. and a lot heavier, I dream a lot more. the only downfall is that it takes a while longer for me to wake up in the morning and i tend to sleep in most days, right now thats alright seeing as i am a stay at home wife who is pregnant and I need my sleep. but once baby is born and I get a job its going to become a hassle having to deal with my sleep cycle.

F9a0b72f38860d7601afd5a45bb53394

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on February 27, 2011
at 09:21 PM

If it were me I wouldn't get the job, at least not one outside the home. I hated working when my first child was born. I missed out on so much that way.

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