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Trouble Sleeping- Need Advice

I just wanted to know if anyone else has trouble sleeping when they consume a low calorie amount. I try to have 1200 to 1500 calories a day, but when I only have 1200 to 1300 I cannot sleep. I know it is the calories because my stomach kind of aches all night, not bad, but just uncomfortable. Does anyone have any advice, and does this happen to anyone else?

Sat. Apr 29, 1:34pm

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Have you tried eating something with more substance at night? Maybe a little more protein, or something high in fiber to keep your stomach from rumbling? Perhaps a glass of water might help before bedtime?

Sunday, April 30, 2006, 1:09 AM

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I use to have that problem but I found if I eat a good breakfast, drink 8-10 glasses of water plus walk in the fresh air everyday really works. Sometimes I do take sleeping pills but not very often. I buy a cheap brand at Fred's they work alot better then Tylenol P.M. with no side effects. Of course I seen my doctor before taking any kind of meds.

Sunday, April 30, 2006, 1:42 AM

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Benadryl has the same ingredients as Nytol and other sleeping pills. One may be cheaper than the other...

I usually find that sleeping pills make me groggy the next day and I feel even more exhausted...

Sunday, April 30, 2006, 12:01 PM

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It's probably not the calories, but when you eat them. Do you find that when you only have 1200 calories, you also stop eating earlier, or eat less filling foods?

When you're aiming for 1200 cals, try to have 1100 throughout the day, and then a small serving of something with protein and fats not too long before bed (an hour or so would probably work). Half an ounce of nuts would work, or some celery with 1T of PB, etc. Or a glass of milk, or some low carb yogurt (not too much sugar!) It should coat your stomach, and keep it from aching from hunger.

To do 1200 calories a day, and not always feel hungry, you really need to cut most simple carbs and refined sugars, because they're empty calories which give you no nutrients and don't keep you full. When you're on such a tight calorie "budget," you really need to make them all count. If you were on a very tight monetary budget, and you needed to drive your car across the country, you'd spend the money on gas, not on, say, fuzzy dice and a bobble-head dash board toy. If you didn't have such a tight budget, then you could have it all.

Monday, May 01, 2006, 10:49 AM

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That's a great analogy!

Monday, May 01, 2006, 2:11 PM

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