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leeyah87
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I'm Type A and just started the BTD a couple of weeks ago.  Just yesterday I bought the Live Right for you Type book and read the section about Type A's having a difficulty getting a good night's sleep.  This couldn't be more true for me.  This has been my problem for as long as I can remember.  Once I'm asleep, something wakes me up multiple times throughout the night.  Trust me, I'm tired, but for some reason I can't sleep through the night without waking up at least 3 times.  It's so frustrating!  Last night I woke up 4 times.  I'll be in the middle of a dream and then all of a sudden I wake up.  Anyone have any tips or suggestions?  I would love to hear from others with this problem.  Thank you!
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If you eat late or eat things that are hard to digest, have food on your stomach, your body can be working to digest it when you are supposed to be getting good rest. This can wake you up and/or cause you to be tired in the morning.  

Also, depending on your age and sex, hormone inbalance can wake you.  Does it happen at any time or does it begin around 4 or 5 am and continue?
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leeyah87
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Quoted from maukik
Also, depending on your age and sex, hormone inbalance can wake you.  Does it happen at any time or does it begin around 4 or 5 am and continue?


I am a 29 year old female.  I've found that it happens anytime.  Last night I woke up at 1 a.m.  I woke up three more times after that, but didn't look at the clock.  I had miso soup within two hours of going to bed, so maybe that's why?  How many hours before bed should I stop eating?

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Cortisol will do this to an A. Waking up multiple times during the night is a sure sign that your cortisol is high.

Implement all the strategies to lower it.. yoga, cortiguard alternate nostril breathing..



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My husband is an A and a light sleeper.  He often wakes up during the night.  It makes sense that stress/cortisol is the culprit.  He's not a huge eater, but he is under a lot of stress at his job.
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How many hours before bed should I stop eating?


I don't think it is necessary to stop at a certain time.  For me, it is only necessary that I eat blood type compliant foods and not over eat.  

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leeyah I know how you feel about the constant waking up.  It is very frustrating the next day being so tired.  My situation is my hip, sleeping on it is very painful so if I wind up on my right side, it becomes painful enough to wake me up.  Sorry got sidetracked.  I do know nights that I had over eaten on, I would not have a good night sleep, or eating gassy type foods would the same.  I would toss and turn all night.  When I stopped the overeating, hard to do on a REAL good meal, lol, my sleeping problem was only the hip.  Hope you find a solution.






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how are your blood sugar readings?


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do you go to the toilet when you wake up?

are you tired when go to bed?

i try to have my main meal at 6 pm and get to bed before 11. the less snakes in=between the better. and try not to dink too much water late in the evening.


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Might wanna try sleeping with ear plugs in, works great for me
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I use a white noise machine. Did you read the article I put in the thread on cortisol and sleep?

All sorts of insomnia but the one you describe is cortisol induced.


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Earplugs help me too


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Three things I love...
tulsi (holy basil) tea, http://www.lowbluelights.com, and Methyl B12 from Dr. D

The glasses helped me a lot with the waking throughout the sleep cycle when I was sleeping a different shift.

I also like white noise (nature sounds) in a noisy environment.


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This is an interesting article about how sleeping 8 hrs straight is a modern phenomenon.

http://www.lifeslittlemysteries.com/bustin-the-8-hour-sleep-myth-1362/


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I remember reading this information on an older sleep discussion thread.

Take one methyl B 12 capsule in the morning and another one with dinner.
http://www.4yourtype.com/prodinfo.asp?number=NP008

It seemed to have regulated my circadian rhythm and I used to wake up many times during
the night.  Doesn't happen anymore. I sleep from 11 pm till 7 am like a baby.

http://www.4yourtype.com/methylb12.asp


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A few types of insomnia.. one is where you can't fall asleep another is you don't stay asleep you keep waking up.. different methods to treat are indicated.


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I'm old enough to realize that for me if I am waking up in the middle of the night and not able to get back to sleep, it is cortisol related.

That was an interesting article on sleep RedLilac!


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I have the same problem, any sound will wake me up, plus I lay awake thinking about the most ridiculous things.

Taking a cortiguard (lower cortisol) one or two hours before going to bed, helps me tremendously. I still wake up for my bathroom break, but fall asleep almost instantly again. Also I take a relaxing walk outside and no TV help getting to sleep faster. That and earplugs...




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In three words - chewable calcium/magnesium

I have two children - one Type O, and one Type A.  When they had trouble going to sleep, I gave them a chewable cal/mag tablet.  They were sound asleep in 20 minutes.

My Type A husband used to have a lot of trouble going to sleep and staying asleep.  He was totally skeptical at first, but cal/mag works for him every time.  

A cal/mag tablet does not dissolve and get absorbed fast enough.  Even a capsule won't work in 20 minutes.  Chewable is absorbed quickly.  

This is my favorite brand
http://www.vitacost.com/Country-Life-Chewable-Cal-Snack
It has some fructose in it, so if you're hyper sensitive to small amounts of avoids you'll have to look for a liquid cal/mag supplement.  


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Suzanne,

Well, with two kids (one being an A ) and an A husband I had  to give it a try.

I bought a chewable cal/mag tablet made by Pioneer (the tablets are dark chocolate
with organic cocoa.  You're supposed to take 4 daily.  So I'm taking two before bedtime.

I also have B12 as recommended by Andrea.  I take it in the AM but not the PM.  So now I've also added that.

Here's to a good night's sleep.  zzzzzzzzzzzz.


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i can So relate!! and i think its def cortisol !!! im taking a break from the gym for two weeks, its that bad!! but for me its not food, actually when im so full i sleep better


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Dr. D's cal is excellent.

I think certain blood types react to certain sleep supplements. I did not find the calcium helpful but the cortiguard, tranquility base and the fem balance have been the most helpful.


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"Healthy people have the least overt symptoms from eating avoid foods." Dr. D'Adamo
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Ooooh, My husband would love chocolate calcium!  I'm going to look for that

Sleep well tonight!


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Quoted from FitnessAddict
i can So relate!! and i think its def cortisol !!! im taking a break from the gym for two weeks, its that bad!! but for me its not food, actually when im so full i sleep better


I think I know what your problem is
Working out too late (relatively), and eating too much foods (protein) to build muscle.

In the days I was a fitness fanatic and didn't know about the BTD yet, I could almost never catch sleep if I worked out after let's say 4pm and ate a lot of muscle building foods afterwards. I would often lie awake from 12 to 4 am.. Working out in the morning or early afternoon, and making sure you don't eat a lot in the evening helps a great deal

And as mentioned before; if you aren't a deep sleeper and noise wakes you up frequently; get ear plugs! Work great!
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