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Good morning, everyone!<br><br>
I'm new here, and I have a question relating to sleep that I'm hoping you can help me with.<br><br>
A month ago, I took the Anthony Robbins 10 Day Challenge and felt so phenomenal as a result of eliminating animal products that I decided to keep going beyond the 10 days.<br><br>
However, I'm noticing a disruption in my sleep patterns since attempting to go vegan. I have lots of energy, but I can't seem to sleep past 3:00 a.m. anymore....and by the end of the day I'm exhausted.<br><br>
Could I possibly be deficient in something? Thanks in advance!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I'd suggest sitting down and having a good look at your nutrition in detail, make sure you're getting everything you need. If you do it now and educate yourself now, it'll serve you well in future and help you combat the criticisms that will be coming your way in day to day life from people that don't understand veganism.<br>
I don't really know that your sleep pattern is something to do with a deficiency though, any time I've had a deficiency (when I was an omni, never when vegan!) I slept MORE often, and was tired all the time. Maybe it's unrelated, but definitely worth paying attention to nutrition anyway. Also try practicing sleep hygiene and force yourself into a pattern.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>AspireToInspire</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2836906"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
What does your average days worth of meals/snacks look like?<br>
Do you drink a lot of water?<br>
Are you taking vitamins?</div>
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Breakfast is a green drink: green vibrance/pea protein/spinach/wild blueberries<br><br>
Lunch is usually steamed veggies or a salad with edamame or black beans....sometimes a veggie burger. I drink half my body weight in ounces of water each day.<br><br>
Dinner is similar to lunch with the addition of some seitan and quinoa, millet or black rice.<br><br>
For snacks I usually have a piece of fruit or a handful of almonds.<br><br>
I take vitamins: multi, c, b-12, folic acid, fish oil, calcium and a b-complex.<br><br>
I'm not complaining about all the energy I have.....it's just that at bedtime I can't turn it off....have trouble winding down. I'll sleep for 3 or 4 hours and then I'm wide awake. This wouldn't be a bad thing, but by the time I get to work I'm ready for a nap!<br><br>
Possibly this is a coincidence but the sleep problems began about 3 weeks after I began eating vegan.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>SkippyRee</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2836947"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I take vitamins: multi, c, b-12, folic acid, fish oil, calcium and a b-complex.<br></div>
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Fish oil is not vegan or even vegetarian.
 

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Fish oil is not vegan or even vegetarian.</div>
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Oh, geez....I feel so foolish. You know, I've been taking the same supplements for so many years I didn't even think about it...you're absolutely right. Yikes. Thanks for the catch.
 

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I'm confused, you can't get to sleep until 3 AM or you wake up at 3 AM? Maybe get rid of any caffiene in your diet you may be drinking to stay awake in the afternoon? I recently tried it and my sleeping pattern has improved. I really don't know though :p
 

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I'm confused, you can't get to sleep until 3 AM or you wake up at 3 AM?</div>
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I go to bed around 10 PM and wake up by 3 AM. I have a cup of half-caff first thing in the morning...and no caffeine for the rest of the day.<br><br>
I'm so jazzed I can't stay asleep.
 

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As far as vitamins it seems like you have that covered. I'm not sure I've ever heard of a vitamin deficiency materializing after only 3 weeks though. If you are concerned about it, you might try signing up for the free site sparkpeople.com. They have a good nutrition tracker and you can set the preferences to track anything. It will give you daily feedback on each vitamin and whether you are over or under for your weight/gender, and the consequences of long-term deficiency. You track daily, weekly, monthly, yearly. Very helpful.<br><br>
From personal experience I know that caloric intake (way too much or way too little), caffeine and exercise (especially exercise intensity) affect my sleep patterns. If I do a tough workout I will be knocked out for 9 hours of uninterrupted deep sleep. I love those days. Otherwise I do wake up a few times during the night. I think that's related to the caffeinated tea I drink more than anything else. And if I get into a habit of taking naps in the late afternoon, that throws things off too.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>SkippyRee</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2836889"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Good morning, everyone!<br><br>
I'm new here, and I have a question relating to sleep that I'm hoping you can help me with.<br><br>
A month ago, I took the Anthony Robbins 10 Day Challenge and felt so phenomenal as a result of eliminating animal products that I decided to keep going beyond the 10 days.<br><br>
However, I'm noticing a disruption in my sleep patterns since attempting to go vegan. I have lots of energy, but I can't seem to sleep past 3:00 a.m. anymore....and by the end of the day I'm exhausted.<br><br>
Could I possibly be deficient in something? Thanks in advance!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Perhaps try upping the amount of exercise you're getting? It doesn't sound like you have a deficiency to me, quite the opposite. You have lots more energy on reserve than you're used to now and it has to go somewhere, so it makes sense you'd be having trouble sleeping as long if it isn't getting burned off.<br><br>
I experienced exactly the same thing when I improved my diet, and I still do notice a big boost of energy whenever I go a step further like eliminating caffeine, refined sugar, etc. (I just don't have the self discipline necessary to make those changes stick all the time yet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">) I notice that when I eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables and cut back on junk food I'm usually still buzzing with energy by the time bed time rolls around, but if I have a good hard work out in the afternoon I feel a lot more relaxed and able to drift off. Give it a try! Exercise is just good for you anyway so it certainly couldn't hurt <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Perhaps try upping the amount of exercise you're getting?</div>
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I may have to. Right now I work out first thing in the a.m. (running/free weights/butt blaster/etc.) and you'd think I'd be tired at the end of the day....but I'm absolutely buzzing. I'll try getting some more exercise in after work and see if that helps. I'm so wound up it's a little scary. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">
 
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