Low Carb Can't Sleep
Low Carb Can't Sleep , 12-26-2012 03:51 AM

Newbie Low-Carber

I went on a Low Carb diet for roughly one week and found that I could not sleep, now I have permanent insomnia, please could I have your help with ways to sleep normally again. I have not been able to sleep normally for three months now.
RE: Low Carb Can't Sleep , 01-02-2013 12:08 AM

Expert Low-Carber

Try some magnesium supplements before bed (I use Magnesium Citrate) but start off slowly as too much causes diarrhea). I buy mine from PowderCity because their prices are so low. You can find Magnesium Citrate here: http://www.powdercity.com/products/magnesium-citrate-powder. You can also try a warm bath with Epsom salts or make your own magnesium oil by dissolving Epsom salts in distilled water. Spray it on your body and rub it in about an hour before bedtime.

I am more sensitive to caffiene on low carb. So don't drink any after noon. And make sure to drink lots of water. I get a panicky feeling when not well hydrated.
 RE: Low Carb Can't Sleep , 01-02-2013 02:24 AM

Junior Low-Carber

Maybe you are consuming lots of coconut oil and some people say it helps the thyroid function more efficiently. Have your levels tested, and if you are female have other hormones tested as lower levels of them can cause insomnia. Also some people may eat more dark chocolate because it is lower in sugar and it may stimulate them because of caffeine in it and several other chemicals chocolate has. Tea and green tea maybe over consumed by dieters and it can also overstimulate. And some people say too much tv, computer or telephone use late at night can overstimulate the brain, and even an overheated body will keep it from cooling enough to slow metabolism enough for sleep. Someone said Japanese people say, "Warm feet, a cool head makes for good sleep." I notice I cannot fall asleep if my feet are cold. Maybe because you are slimmer your extremities are colder? What a happy thought in my case

I do like the magnesium ideas. Epsom salts is very relaxing in the bath.
Good luck and sweet dreams,
RE: Low Carb Can't Sleep , 01-02-2013 10:23 AM


Magnesium and melatonin will do the trick.

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RE: Low Carb Can't Sleep , 01-02-2013 03:49 PM



Everyone says it helps with sleep and relaxation, but I never read why that works.

I prefer melatonin, and so does my doctor. Melatonin is a natural hormone your body makes in the pineal gland and it is for sleep specifically. I purchase my melatonin from Powder City. It's so cheap there. #winning

I can't figure out why Paleo has gone nutso over magnesium and they nearly all ignore melatonin.
RE: Low Carb Can't Sleep , 01-02-2013 05:01 PM

Junior Low-Carber

Magnesium and melatonin will do the trick.

RE: Low Carb Can't Sleep , 01-02-2013 06:52 PM


Have you tried this one?

RE: Low Carb Can't Sleep , 02-27-2013 01:35 PM

Advanced Low-Carber

Maybe you should eat more carbs.