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Posted by: leeyah87, Saturday, June 25, 2011, 7:58pm
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!
Posted by: maukik, Saturday, June 25, 2011, 8:25pm; Reply: 1
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?
Posted by: leeyah87, Saturday, June 25, 2011, 9:38pm; Reply: 2
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?

Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Saturday, June 25, 2011, 9:41pm; Reply: 3
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..

Posted by: O in Virginia, Saturday, June 25, 2011, 9:48pm; Reply: 4
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.
Posted by: maukik, Saturday, June 25, 2011, 10:18pm; Reply: 5
Quoted from leeyah87
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.  

Posted by: snugglebunny72, Saturday, June 25, 2011, 10:19pm; Reply: 6
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.
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Saturday, June 25, 2011, 10:23pm; Reply: 7
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, June 26, 2011, 12:07am; Reply: 8
how are your blood sugar readings?
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Sunday, June 26, 2011, 11:34am; Reply: 9
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.
Posted by: Damon, Sunday, June 26, 2011, 11:45am; Reply: 10
Might wanna try sleeping with ear plugs in, works great for me
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Sunday, June 26, 2011, 12:26pm; Reply: 11
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.
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Sunday, June 26, 2011, 12:39pm; Reply: 12
Earplugs help me too
Posted by: AKArtlover, Sunday, June 26, 2011, 1:02pm; Reply: 13
Three things I love...
tulsi (holy basil) tea,, and Methyl B12 from Dr. D ;D 8)

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.
Posted by: RedLilac, Sunday, June 26, 2011, 2:04pm; Reply: 14
This is an interesting article about how sleeping 8 hrs straight is a modern phenomenon.
Posted by: Chloe, Sunday, June 26, 2011, 2:14pm; Reply: 15
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.

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.
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Sunday, June 26, 2011, 4:08pm; Reply: 16
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.
Posted by: grey rabbit, Sunday, June 26, 2011, 5:07pm; Reply: 17
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!
Posted by: SandrAruba, Sunday, June 26, 2011, 6:33pm; Reply: 18
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... ;-)
Posted by: Suzanne, Sunday, June 26, 2011, 7:13pm; Reply: 19
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
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.  
Posted by: Joy, Monday, June 27, 2011, 1:04am; Reply: 20

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.

Posted by: FitnessAddict, Monday, June 27, 2011, 2:08am; Reply: 21
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 ;D ;D
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Monday, June 27, 2011, 2:36am; Reply: 22
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.
Posted by: Suzanne, Monday, June 27, 2011, 2:47am; Reply: 23
Ooooh, My husband would love chocolate calcium!  I'm going to look for that

Sleep well tonight!
Posted by: Damon, Monday, June 27, 2011, 11:37am; Reply: 24
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 ;D ;D

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! :D
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Monday, June 27, 2011, 6:58pm; Reply: 25

another great  for stress.
Posted by: maukik, Monday, June 27, 2011, 8:44pm; Reply: 26
Quoted from Andrea AWsec

That sounds good for a few people I know.  I wonder if it is good for any BT.
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Monday, June 27, 2011, 8:54pm; Reply: 27
Magnolia is good for all blood types... I know Dr. D is a fan of it.
Posted by: Lola, Monday, June 27, 2011, 10:38pm; Reply: 28
Posted by: leeyah87, Monday, June 27, 2011, 11:56pm; Reply: 29
Thank you everyone for all your advice and suggestions.  I've always struggled with sleeping through the night, but I think it has been worse these past couple of weeks because of the BTD.  I think I was overwhelmed with everything surrounding the BTD and it added extra stress to my life.  I am constantly thinking about what I'm going to cook and worrying about whether my husband (Type B) will be able to eat it too.  I've also been thinking about how much our grocery bills will go up.  The worst part is trying to figure out, "can I eat this?"  Lots on my mind for sure.  Trying to follow the BTD has been stressing me out more than usual, so hopefully when I become more familiar with it and better at it then I'll feel less stressed.
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 12:00am; Reply: 30
Magnolia Bark sounds fantastic??!! Where can I get me some (for husband) ;) Aah I see...
Posted by: leeyah87, Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 6:58pm; Reply: 31
Well, it happened again last night.  However, this time I woke up every hour.  I think it's because I'm coming down with something.  I've been sneezing for two weeks straight and then finally yesterday I felt like it was advancing into a cold.  Last night I definitely felt like I had a cold and I couldn't sleep a wink.  I'm going to try to take a vitamin to help me sleep tonight.  Anyone know of a vitamin I can pick up from Whole Foods that is similar to Dr. D's Cortiguard?
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 7:42pm; Reply: 32
Holy basil...
Posted by: paul clucas, Friday, July 1, 2011, 1:53pm; Reply: 33
Taking methyl b12 last thing at night worked for me.  

It is interesting to note that two Explorers use ear plugs to get to sleep.  There is another member of the board who uses ear plugs to unwind.  All may have the same issue with a poor ability to block out sounds.  Since this is an unconscious trait the answer is a re-training of your ears.  This was the basis for the therapy for my Dyslexia.  A very Explorer issue, but not exclusively so.

Leeyah, don't forget onions and other inexpensive vegetables.  Keep the canned and boxed food to a minimum.
Posted by: MissyRuth, Sunday, July 17, 2011, 2:19am; Reply: 34
Leeyah87 . . . I responded to another post of yours and as you can tell from this message thread, you can get so much advice from completely different human beings that react in different ways that it can confuse the heck out of you.

Guess what I would do?  Just plan some simple meals and don't worry about the rest of this stuff.  Don't even come on the forums if all the information is stressing you out.  LOL!  From what I've read so far, they can do more harm than good if you are a newbie and just need simple, verified information from Dr. Adamo's research.  Calcium, magnesium, holy basil, earplugs, reducing blue light, it's cortisol, it's this, it's that . . . for crying out loud. Too confusing and not necessarily what the good Doctor would recommend - I saw several recommendations for supplements not even mentioned by him.

Take it real easy and focus on like, one simple breakfast you can make for yourself and one for your hubby, and eat it until you feel like exploring another breakfast idea.  Then pick one lunch and do the same.  You don't even have to eat every meal following the diet at first!  Slow and steady wins the race.  Any diet that is causing you stress is a diet that needs to be simplified.  People on these forums have been "working this program" for YEARS in many cases.  But each of us goes at their own pace.  Don't stress - chill and go super slow and the likelihood of your sticking with it will go up exponentially.  There is plenty of time to get all super-detailed down the road.   ;D
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