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Great weight loss but now sleep problems


I am not sure where is the right place to ask questions in your site. I am thrilled with my progress! I am a 68 y.o. female, have always been thin and fit and have gained 8 lbs. over the last 10 years that I could not budge no matter what.
With your program, I am already down 6 lbs. in a few weeks and I have lots of energy. I am having however, a bothersome problem. My sleep is consistently worse--wakeful and early morning waking, my mind is quiet and I am not worrying about anything in particular. Once in a while I look at the clock to see the sleep pattern and I seem to be waking every hour, and maybe I will sleep a 2-2/12 hrs. without waking again. In addition I am having more gas than usual even though I am not eating a lot of beans. I would have thought that the vegetables would provide a lot of digestive enzymes.

I thought that perhaps I was detoxing, don't really think that's it. I used to eat a snack most nights of good (not Wonder bread) multigrain bread and almond butter, I have not been doing that.

I would appreciate any thoughts/help with this.
Thanks, Maria K.

Sat. Jun 23, 7:28am

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Hello Maria,

Sleep is important, and a good night's sleep is a Blessing! If I were you, I would try the night time snack again for a while and see if sleep improves.

Now that you have established the pattern of your sleep/wakefulness, don't continue the clock watching as that will perpetuate the recurrent waking.

The chemical levels in our brains aren't the same as they were when we were babies, and we don't sleep like babies anymore for that reason. For most people, the quality of sleep diminishes with age.

A tendency to gain weight comes with age. It is a survival factor developed through millenia of evolution. Until the modern age, if humans had some fat on their bodies to draw on, they survived illnesses better and longer. Now days we don't need that evolutionary benefit of fat because a doctor will put us on IV hyperalimentation if we need it.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 12:07 AM

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