While on a diet, some people find that they lose more than pounds: they lose sleep. The inability to fall asleep, or even stay asleep, can be frustrating and can lead to fatigue and irritability. Insomnia associated with dieting can be caused by diet pills, ketosis (the metabolic process your body goes through to burn fat), caffeine from coffee or soda, thyroid issues, alcohol, and/or estrogen dominance.
Here are a few tips to help combat insomnia while on a diet:
- If on dieting pills, try cutting your diet pill in half–or take it earlier in the day.
- Avoid caffeine before going to sleep.
- Take sub-lingual melatonin before bed. Melatonin has been proven to help your body welcome sleep.
- If blood tests prove that your body has too much estrogen, try using a progesterone cream before bed.
- Keeping a predictable sleep pattern by going to bed at the same time each night can help, as well as creating a soothing bedtime routine to slow your body down and relax.
- Do not eat at least 2 hours before bed.
-MD Diet Staff