Insomnia and Under-Eating

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    Jan 19, 2009 4:41 PM GMT
    I have always struggled with intermittent insomnia since about 14 years old. I attribute my difficulty sleeping to my personal battle with general anxiety and perhaps body chemistry. I do not want to take pills to treat any of this, by the way (before you all advise me to see a shrink).

    This past week I began the P90X program which is really intense and strict for me...the nutritional and workout plan is quite demanding. I am working out 60-90 minutes everyday and eating really well (5-7 small meals/snacks rich in protein, part-time vegetarian too). I eat every 2 hours.

    I have been having less insomnia, which is great, but when I do not eat enough I wake up all throughout the night hungry! I usually have a glass of nonfat milk or a spoonful of peanut butter.

    Should I eat more before bed? I worry about gaining fat as I am trying to get as toned and ripped as possible... I think my body is expecting food every 2 hours even when it is time to sleep!!!

    Advice?


    Joe
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    Jan 19, 2009 10:38 PM GMT
    If you're hungry, it means you need more food. If you don't eat enough, you won't put on mass at all, because mass doesn't come out of thin air. Fat is also an important ingredient to gaining mass and repairing muscle tissue. If you're having a midnight snack then you shouldn't have anything to worry about, unless your midnight snack consists of fried twix bars or lard with chocolate sprinkles.
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    Jan 19, 2009 10:57 PM GMT
    Low blood sugar can keep you from sleeping like nothing else.

    Try this test, gooble down a couple of pieces of orange slices...see what happens. If you fall to sleep like a baby, you've found your solution.

    Some folks have more sensitive epinephrine receptors than others. If I get worked up, I sometimes will be sleepless for days. Doctor gave me some Zanax, and while I rarely use them, and only use 1/2mg when I do, they help me re-establish a normal sleep pattern. I was AMAZED, because I did not want to get hooked on a pill, and my doc finally talked me into it. I wake up well-rested and able to take on a new day, with my life reset.

    If your diet is low in carbs / your blood sugar is low, you can toss and turn all night. It's your body's well of telling you to go on the hunt.

    A low fat diet, and small meals, will make you wake up during the night to eat, you're quite right. Eat.

    Don't sweat the carbs late, if you're active, you'll be fine. When I'm trying for a show, I'll eat candy post workout, and it blows folks away. (That's exactly when you need fast carbs, FYI.)

    Throw a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter is good for you, and will encourage satiety as well.
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    Jan 20, 2009 6:36 AM GMT
    chuckystud saidLow blood sugar can keep you from sleeping like nothing else.

    Some folks have more sensitive epinephrine receptors than others.

    A low fat diet, and small meals, will make you wake up during the night to eat, you're quite right. Eat.



    Sensitive epinephrine receptors? I'm going to research that a bit. Could be. I get extreme hypersensitivity from time to time when i feel my blood sugar is low.

    Things have been very stressful as of late too. Maybe it is a combination of low blood sugar and anxiety working in tandem.

    I'll try the eat-something-sweet-before-bed test! icon_biggrin.gif


    Joe