annc3333 Posted May 13, 2015 Share Posted May 13, 2015 Hi all, I'm 59 year old woman with a history of going up and down in weight my entire life, chronic dieting sometimes successful and sometimes not. In the last few years I've developed major sleep issues whenever I cut back on carbs and/or calories, I go to sleep but then wake up in the middle of the night and can NOT get back to sleep. I know all the sleep hygiene tricks and even have a prescription but it does not put me to sleep. If my carbs are very high I sleep fine (like 200 to 300) but when I get them down to 80 to 130 I immediately fall into this pattern. I thought I wouldn't have this issue on the Whole30 plan because carbs are not really restricted. I slept fine for the first two nights while the sugar left my body. But the third night I slept from 9:30 to 3am and that was that. Last night I slept from 9:30 to 12:30 and have been awake since. I had more carbs yesterday especially at dinner--I logged them to check and came in around 165. My total calories were about 2000. I"m actually eating more than usual. In spite of being about 40 pounds over weight I have very low blood pressure and very good blood glucose levels which tend to fall when I am dieting. But I can hardly call 2000 calories a diet! And in spite of all the calories I've lost 4.5 pounds in the first few days which is unheard of for me in the last decade. I've been eating coconut milk, a new food for me, and I feel very hot, which is also very unusual for me. Perhaps my metabolism is reacting?? I don't know…I'm throwing out all these details in the hopes someone might have some ideas as to why my sleep has become so impacted by even minor cutbacks in my diet. Thanks so much for any thought you have, AnnC Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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