Hutlifr Posted July 11, 2014 Share Posted July 11, 2014 Before starting my whole30, I was practically never adding any salt to anything due to my significant other's blood pressure situation, and I was a good sleeper, the type that would just put the head on the pillow and be asleep. However, on day 13, I started to take several hours to fall asleep, and when I finally was, slept only a few hours. I was looking around in this forum for sleep related problems, but I only could see how people actually reported sleeping much better around that time in the program, and I also came across the notice about salt intake. But nothing was cross-referencing sleeping problems and lack of salt intake. I was desperate, cranky, tired, when I came across this article on Mark's Daily Apple, "How to manufacture the best night of sleep in your life" (http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-to-manufacture-the-best-night-of-sleep-in-your-life/#ixzz36J1OJyrE). Under "General Advice" it reads: "Make sure to eat enough salt during the day, since a depletion of bodily sodium stores can trigger overtraining-like symptoms, raise blood pressure, and impair the quality of your sleep. I won’t give an absolute amount, because that will differ based on size, activity level, stress, and many other factors. Just salt your food until it tastes good. So much for total salt avoidance, eh?" A light went on, and I realized by just cutting out the cheese and saucisson out my diet for 13 days, and adding too little salt to my food, I brought on insomnia. After one day, I already fell asleep faster, but it took me about three days until I was my old self again in the sleeping department. I felt it was important to share this experience in the forum, in case other people experience problems sleeping that may be related to lack of salt intake. On day 23, going strong. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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