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    vinceh4 is offline Senior Member
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    Default diet for insomnia?

    any advice? It's getting ridiculous.

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    Matthew Green UK is offline Senior Member
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    I'm a pretty bad insomniac. Only 2 things have helped without side-effects.

    1. Melatonin supplementation
    2. Pranayama (although sometimes this enlivens me and makes it worse)

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    Carbs usually do it for most people.

    And it's not diet, but meditation makes a big difference for many.

    -S-
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    Default Yawn Stampley

    Hey, My wife suffers from this. Her doctor community has recommended to her. No caffeine after 2 PM, Only sleep related activites in bed. (ya I asked her) No reading,tv etc. Just go to bed to sleep. Still doesnt help her much. I never had this but after a coupla beers im fine. However I get up at 3am every morning. Usto upset me so much I could not get back to my valuable sleep! After long time of practising relaxing,Breathing I wake up later.
    Now as an hearbalist, There is many sleep helpers to choose from. Some may grow in the field in your area or can be purchased. Micheal Castelmann recomends Celery,Hop, Passion flower,Skullcap, Valerian, Wild cherry and Yarrow. Yarrow gee thats my daughters name. Any way theres also homeopathy. Gosh I will take my nap now.
    Be Well.
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    Look for foods that have decent amounts of calcium and magnesium these help you relax. I have also found that starchy carbs a few hours before bed time seem to help me sleep, sugar has the opposite effect though. Avoid caffeine anytime after breakfast. Workout regularly, human growth hormone helps with sleep.

    Hope that helps a little.

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    Steve Freides is offline Senior Member
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    Avoid caffeine anytime after breakfast.
    I just have to respond to this - not everyone needs to avoid caffeine at night. I sleep no differently if I have a double espresso at 10 PM, and I have found that I often sleep poorly if I'm overtired, so I will often have that double espresso when I'm particularly tired - it really does make me sleep better.

    As with everything, we're all different.

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    PeterHuntRKC is offline Senior Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by vinceh4 View Post
    any advice? It's getting ridiculous.
    Hello, vinceh4:

    Fix yourself a nice, tall glass of warm milk and finish it about 30 minutes before hitting the rack.

    Sweet dreams, comrade.

    Peter.
    Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love,
    but a faithful man who can find? --- Prov. 20:6

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    vinceh4 is offline Senior Member
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    thx everyone for the advice. I'll give pretty much anything a try.

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    I used to suffer from chonic insomnia. Two revelations helped me:

    1. Being stressed/over-trained kept me awake at nights. Now I back away from KBs and martial arts when I begin to feel wired. I used to use physical activities as a form of stress control. Turns out it made things worse for me.

    2. Extremely low-carb diets kept me awake at nights. When i was on diets of less than 100g carbs per day, I went crazy. Sleeping about four hours a week. And my ability to think went downhill fast, so about two months went by before I connected it to food. Took another month to recover once I started eating carbs again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickbuzz View Post
    Look for foods that have decent amounts of calcium and magnesium these help you relax. I have also found that starchy carbs a few hours before bed time seem to help me sleep, sugar has the opposite effect though. Avoid caffeine anytime after breakfast. Workout regularly, human growth hormone helps with sleep.

    Hope that helps a little.
    You might try a supplement named Calmag. It really makes a difference for this 57 yr old paleo dieter.

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