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10-16-2005, 02:12 PM
I'm having a tough time sleeping through the nights...I get to sleep fairly ok, but then I'm always waking up throughout the night....that's where the problem comes in....when I wake up I want to eat...sometimes it's some raw food I have prepared...sometimes it's sad food. :( I figure if I could just solve the not sleeping through the night...I should be ok. I don't have cravings or feel the need to eat these sad foods during the day...what do I do?
Thanks for any help
10-16-2005, 05:20 PM
Usually when we wake up during the night it is for two things, to releive ourselves, or because we are thirsty.
Honestly, these really are the reasons, so the first thing to do is to go to the bathroom, and get a large glass of water, then if you are hungry have a piece of fruit, then another, then sit back, and read, or whatever you like, until you feel sleepy again.
Ever since I went raw, I don't have this challenge any more, but I used to be up every single night, several times, and it was a big challenge.
Now, now worries, I sleep about 4 to 5 hours, and that is it. up early, to bed late, the world is great. OOPS, didn't mean to rhyme, will have to move this post to the poetry forum. LOL
10-16-2005, 05:31 PM
Ursula, have you thought about eating 100 percent raw or taking the 30 day challenge? I ask this because one of the things that changed for me when I went all raw was that very problem you are having. And it was an incredible, incredible relief. So, if you tried eating 100 percet raw for 30 days, you may see a huge and welcome change here.
Also, exercise in the fresh air is fabulous. Walking, anything.
Sleeping with the window open is also a great thing to do! Feed yourself oxygen.
Up your greens for the oxygen also. Oxygen, oxygen, oxygen! I have seen oxygen change sleeping patterns for so many people.
My very best wishes~
10-18-2005, 12:12 PM
actually, I'm on the 90 day challenge with Tim and the others, and I have been trying to stay 100% for some time now, but there are those slips. When I slip, it ALWAYS happens at night, like I'm not in my right mind because I'm half asleep anyways. I will try sleeping with the window open, sometimes the only problem with that is that I live in Florida and usually it's very hot, even night time. I have upped my greens, I will try doing so even more.
Thank you both for your suggestions.
10-18-2005, 01:45 PM
Two other things...not sure if they've been suggested.
1. Drink your water throughout the day...make sure you get the right amount. I think I read somewhere that our bodies lose 1 cup of water either every 15 or 30 minutes. Most people don't drink enough water.
2. Exercise. Have you been exercising? I know the night after I exercise is usually when I get the best sleep.
Just my 2 cents
Sharon in Colorado
10-18-2005, 02:03 PM
Here is one thing to do to stop you from waking up. Especially if you are waking up at the same time every night.
I know this sounds weird but it worked with my son. I'm not sure if it'll work with you. And it might work better if someone can help you.
About an hour before you usually wake up, set your alarm to go off. Hopefully it will just stir you a bit and not cause you to wake up fully. Then try going back to sleep.
We did this with my son, he was getting up every night sleep walking and crying. I set the alarm for an hour before he usually woke up and I got up and shook him a little to upset his sleep. After a couple of times he stopped doing it.
That is why you may need to get someone else in the house to stir you. Just have them call your name a few times and put their hand on your shoulder, and then leave. It may break the pattern.
Hope that helps.
10-18-2005, 03:11 PM
My sleep has fluctuated from DOA ( dead on arrival - lol ), to no sleep at all, barely.
I know its customary for raw foodists to need upwards of 70 percent LESS sleep once out of the initial shock detox ( DOA phase ).
You could be going through a time when your internal clock is now readjusting. I know it can be frustrating when you're used to going to bed at a certain time and waking at a certain time to begin your important day - we were all raised like that, and now that we've entered into the new paradigm, we're a bit confused.
I now know that I do get at least 3 to 4 hours of sleep - which is normal for a raw'ie - I've just not settled down to do it in a row. ( ack! )
10-19-2005, 09:00 AM
Thank you everyone for your answers.
Tim, I'm gonna try doing that...drinking more. And no, I haven't been exercising...I know, I know...I have to start :-P you're right....exercise will help all my problems with sleep and my weight loss goals as well.
10-19-2005, 09:14 AM
How often are you eating? If not 5-6 times a day (small meals), your body may feel as though it's starving. As others have said, up your water intake yet, also, maybe a banana, some almond butter on a cracker or something a bit heavy like that so you don't awaken hungry.
Another suggestion ~ if you can (no one else eating in the home) ~ get the SAD food out of your house ~ that way IF you are going to eat at least you'll be nourishing yourself.
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