Before I started atkins, I often used carb comas to help me sleep. I sometime have irregular hours because of work so to help me sleep after a long shift, I would have a carb heavy meal before bed, and could sleep 6-8 hours, even during the day etc.
Of late I have had a lot of insomnia. I can get to sleep at night just fine, but wake up frequently, and have trouble getting back to sleep. Was not managing more than 4-5 hours a night for a while. The other night, had a little cheat and had a some whole wheat melba toast with some snack foods.
(total 6 g carbs!
) Slept like a log. In fact, remembered the last time I slept so well, that was Oct. 29th. (its bad when you can date your good sleeps!)
That night in October, was also the last time I had a little carb cheat. It was around Hallowe'en and had a little binge of sugar free chocolate candies. Total carbs, 8g. (it was a small binge, as I said!)
So the last couple of nights I have had a little snack about 830 pm with 5-7 g of carbs. have been sleeping OH SO MUCH BETTER.
I am prediabetic, and definitely have some issues with dawn effect and dumping glucose overnight, and the treatment for that is to have an evening snack with carbs, so maybe I am doing a little version of that.
But have not heard of insomnia being a problem. Anyone?