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I decided this past week that I had to do more in an attempt to sleep better. I have been putting on magnesium oil (this is the brand recommended to me: Ancient Minerals Ultra Pure Magnesium Oil 8 oz.) most nights after my shower but I wasn't sure if it was helping or not. I remembered something about taking magnesium at night to help to relax and have better sleep, so in addition to the mag oil I started to take a teaspoon of Peter Gillham Natural Magnesium Calm and finally I decided to try this time release melatonin that a friend of mine had given me a few tablets so I could try it out. Now melatonin is supposed to lower cortisol, so I had been reluctant to try it and also I had read somewhere that it's not a good idea to take melatonin since your body could become reliant upon it.
It used to be when I didn't get enough sleep I would and could simply by sheer will force myself to get up and get moving, get dressed and go to work. But in the last few months it has gotten to the point where not only can I not force myself up and at 'em but if I do manage to do so then I am a train wreck. I can't cope with any little bit of stress at work, I can't think clearly, I'm a mess. So I decided to try the melatonin, rationalizing since my cortisol saliva test showed my cortisol was high in the early morning, maybe taking melatonin at night would put a damper on that 4am cortisol and help me sleep through the night.
Also, last Monday I told my mom I'm going to just accept the fact that I may need to eat at night past 7pm, even if Dr. Kruse says it's going to mess up the leptin reset. I have to sleep. If I have to eat after 7pm to sleep, then I have to. I'll just have to be patient and wait for my body to heal so that I can go all night without eating. Also, for what it's worth the authors of Mastering Leptin say this about eating just before going to sleep:
This is a sign of a stressed liver that is responding to nerves that are running too hot (too wound up). In this situation, the hormone glucagon is stimulating too much liver production of sugar – which is itself working in a stressed manner. Normal is that glucagon stimulates the release of sugar from the liver (about 60% of calories being used for energy) while simultaneously burning fat (about 40%) – which begins happening when a person hasn't eaten for three to four hours.
An uncomfortable hyper feeling (in response to stress on an empty stomach) or before bed resulting in trouble sleeping, is a sign the liver is out of shape and producing too much sugar compared to the amount of fat being burned. Eating raises insulin, which turns off glucagon, and stops the liver from doing this.
Eating in this situation is one way to get to sleep, but it is not helpful for weight management. On the other hand, not sleeping well isn't helpful for weight management either. One temporary solution is to find the smallest amount of carbohydrate that works, like a few crackers or 1/2 piece of fruit.