Insomnia and weight loss

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Posted: 03 Jul 2010, 16:51
Hi everyone!

I find that when I am losing weight, I have a difficult time either falling asleep, and/or dropping into REM.

I'm not thinking, or restless. It's definitely physiological: like my body metabolism is in overdrive--kind of like an engine humming.

Has anyone else had this experience?

I'm reluctant to use anything, because my system does not do well with substances.

I've tried meditation, hypnosis, deep relaxation, but some nights, despite being sleepy and tired, my body is humming away.

I don't use caffeine, or alcohol.

Any suggestions?

Thanks for reading.
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Posted: 03 Jul 2010, 17:04
Thanks. I hadn't thought of that.

What's your rationale?

Think a small piece of protein would help? I'm reluctant to do a carb.
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Posted: 03 Jul 2010, 17:40
Although the tips in this post don't specifically related to weight loss related insomnia, I've found them helpful on occassion: Relax Like A Pro: 5 Steps to Hacking Your Sleep Like Matt, the author recommends eating before bed.

I would recommend staying away from taking even OTC drugs: the one in Simply Sleep, for example, causes a mild hangover.

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Posted: 03 Jul 2010, 19:14
Thank you both for your suggestions.

I'm not doing dairy or processed foods (x almond milk & almond butter), but maybe trying a little almond milk will help.

Congrats to both of you on your success!
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Posted: 03 Jul 2010, 20:40
I used to get that a lot and used to have an apple. It worked like magic Smile Good luck and sweet dreams

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Posted: 05 Jul 2010, 01:11
what about melatonin it is natural and i hear it works for a lot of people have been thinking about trying it myself since i also have trouble sleeping when dieting (hmm...i thought it was only me glad to know a am not alone)

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Posted: 10 Jul 2010, 11:31
I LOVE MELATONIN!!! My mom gave me some from gnc when I told her I couldn't sleep. Sometimes I take it when I feel myself just tossing and turning. It is just a small white pill and you fall asleep within 30minutes, i have never felt a need to take it, So i don't think it is addicting in any way. I take it once or twice a week if I need it, sometimes I don't need it for a couple of weeks, it kinda depends on if I take a nap during the bf loves it too...I showed it to him and now he's always asking me if he can take one before bed. I have not noticed any bad side effects.

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Posted: 18 Jul 2010, 22:19
Valerian root out weighs melatonin by far for me....I used to take melatonin (maximum strength 5mg) and I think my body adapted because when I took it I would lay awake for hours and then finally off into a 3-4 hour sleep and then be awake and I'd be sleepy all day the following. So then someone on here (you know who ya are!) recommended Valerian after I posted my issue...and I went and bought it...the root extract and I ONLY take it when it's night time and I'm having a hard time sleeping. I especially used it during school because then it's like I have only a limited amount of time to sleep...none of this counting sheep to a zillion thing. I take Valerian root and all I can count it to 10 before I wake up in the morning 8-9 hours later and I'm like what happened?'s awesome! and the recommended dose is 2 capsules but I only NEED one...I mean that should tell ya something right there...but I'm on vacation now and although I've been having trouble sleeping I still don't take it because I don't have anywhere to be the following so I sleep however much or little I can and then if I need a nap I will do that and it's all good. Melatonin is natural in that it is naturally produced by the body and you're giving it a bit more, Valerian root is natural in that it is a root naturally grown...but man harvested and produced. P.S. if you decide to go with Valerian root you want the standardize if you're looking for the strongest.
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Posted: 19 Jul 2010, 06:22
Dr. Michael Murphy's Natural Factors has an all-natural sleep formula. Check it out. It'll knock your lights out at night. It does me. But only take one or half of one to start.

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