Strange side effect since going low carb

Jibber Jabber
By Jibber Jabber Latest Reply 2015-02-02 10:33:32 -0600
Started 2015-01-29 05:18:05 -0600

I have always been a terrible sleeper…my entire life..when my kids were small there were times I just wouldn't go to bed at all (much easier to cook and clean when the kiddie winks are sleeping)…even recently I would get just 4/5 hours sleep a night, sometimes less…and be fine…since going low carb..I have been going to sleep at getting 7/8 hours of sleep every night…the change has been amazing..I always feel so well rested..but it is kind of a pain in the tuckas because I have had to change the way I do everything…if the dishes aren't done by 9-9:30 I will just leave them for the morning..The only reason I am up now is because I feel asleep on the sofa and my hubby woke me up when he came home from work…has anyone else experienced this…???…My hubby says it is because I stopped eating all those refined carbs (good lord the amount of sugar alone I put in my 5-6 cups of coffee a day)…

17 replies

Stuart1966 2015-02-02 08:32:54 -0600 Report

Are you certain its the carbohydrate dietary change??? Just because things seem "causal" doesn't automatically make it so. (ie 5-6 cups/buckets (wg) per day could certainly account)

My impression (worth what you paid for it) your body MUST shut down because it literally does not have the energy necessary to survive, given what you are eating… a car without gas cannot run. A computer with no energy left cannot work. We sleep… -gentle shrug-

debcox 2015-01-29 19:20:50 -0600 Report

I've had issues with sleeping for awhile. I am just not tired but when I do lay down, I crash out. I know that I need more sleep but I don't want to go to bed. My goal for 2015 is to go to bed by 10:30pm. I haven't been doing it but I need to re-prioritize so I can go to bed.

JoleneAL 2015-01-29 14:42:45 -0600 Report

Nothing wrong with dishes napping overnight in the sink. I used to stay up until the 11 o'clock news and then it would take me an hour to get to sleep, so that put me at midnight, and then I was dragging out of bed at 5 to get to work. Yeah, NOT good on the body. I go to bed at 9 now and can get to sleep by 9:30 most nights. Adjust, the extra sleep is much better for you.

rock47 2015-01-29 11:04:00 -0600 Report

my sleep is terrible…I'm wide awake at midnight…take my meds and insulin about 11 PM…but they do not seem to affect me…then at 9 AM, after falling asleep about 3 AM, I don't want to get up!!!!

Type1Lou 2015-01-29 09:44:36 -0600 Report

I wish my low-carb diet (120 grams per day) had the same results…I can't recall when I've had a full night's sleep without waking every 2 to 3 hours. I've just chalked it up to aging…and it does make it easier to get those 3 am BG readings. Glad you are getting the rest you need!

sweetslover 2015-01-29 07:27:02 -0600 Report

I am also sleeping better except for when my neuropathy is acting up. Hey, we have found a positive thing about being diabetic. LOL

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-29 08:59:26 -0600 Report

I have a very different perspective on life than most people…Although being diabetic is a pain in the rear..I have found that I look at it in a very positive way..lets face it, I didn't become diabetic because I had healthy habits…Finding out I was diabetic FORCED me to treat myself the way I deserved to be treated.. I know I was lucky..and I don't have many of the problems that other type 2's have, many times because they were diagnosed later along than I was, but I think even if I was I would still be positive. Any time we have to take a good hard look at the way we are living, and adjust for a healthier lifestyle we benefit from it…So the way I see it diabetes is the good hard kick in the pants I needed to motivate me into a healthier, God willing longer life. Too many people who don't develop diabetes end up never changing…then waking up and having the "silent killer" the heart attack, take them from this world…and they never get a chance to modify their lifestyle and become healthy..

sweetslover 2015-01-29 16:08:11 -0600 Report

Well said. I was one of those diagnosed pretty far along, but I also treat it as a challenge to improve my life style and my health. It's never too late for improvement.

lilleyheidi 2015-01-29 06:04:18 -0600 Report

I have no clue if it is from low carb, lower BG or just being over all healthier, but I've always been someone who suffered from insomnia and taken either herbal remedies or prescription meds or gallons of sleepytime tea or just suffered through nights of not sleeping. Since I've gained control of my eating and my diabetes, and my attitude with life in general (in June) I can count on one hand the nights I've had a difficult time sleeping. Both those times were because I was in pain and overtired. I really think having a healthy diet and having control of our diabetes will make us sleep better. Glad it's helping you.

GabbyPA 2015-01-29 05:39:52 -0600 Report

I have found that when I am lower carb I can sleep MUCH better. I am not bothered with getting up to pee at night and if I work hard that day, I get those blissful "log" nights. The neuropathy often is my undoing, but yes, lower carb or just plain healthier eating helps me sleep much better. A recliner next to the fireplace on a cold night doesn't hurt either. LOL

Pegsy 2015-01-29 05:54:50 -0600 Report

I still have to get up to pee and there lies the problem. Trouble getting back to sleep. If I could just get over that hurdle!