I have been having some major issues with getting tired in the middle of the afternoon. I know that there is a natural dip in energy, but passing out for an hour or two just doesn’t seem quite right. Plus, I was hoping that I could avoid the afternoon slump by turning paleo.
Now, I know that I’ve only been eating paleo for a short while, so I shouldn’t get all concerned, but I either need to wait this one out or change something. (The other explanation is that I really hate studying…honestly, I’m allergic to sitting for a long time.) I’ve been trying to sleep better at night, but I don’t seem to be sleeping that much better. I do seem to sleep deeper since going paleo, but I’m still not sleeping great.
I recruited the services of an app on my phone called Sleep Cycle ($0.99 at the Apple App Store) for the last few nights to see how I’m sleeping and to see if waking up when it was more optimal would help me. So far nothing really great to report. I think it’s going to take a little bit longer to figure out how to optimize that.
I think my biggest problem is falling asleep. I also seem to be sleeping the best in the early morning, which is not ideal since I need to wake up fairly early in the day. Plus, it’s my preference, since I seem to get more done getting up earlier – it’s a mental thing.
I read on Mark’s Daily Apple something about long lying and how that can help you fall asleep, so my plan is to use the inversion table we have and hang upside down for a while before I head to bed for the next few nights and see if that helps.
In addition, just in case I might be tired from not enough calories or from “low carb flu,” I am trying to eat more today and see if that helps things. We’ll see.
I really hate to have to resort to caffeine to keep me up, but if this continues, I might just have to do that since I really need to focus for the next couple of weeks. Sigh.
Any suggestions or ideas are welcome, especially from those with first hand experience in getting over their sleep and sleepiness issues.