This is a really interesting thread.
I don't usually dream much but I have been dreaming quite a bit more since on IP and especially long dreams that go on and on and I keep following along. Before IP my dreams tended to be short scenes and sort of disconnected and nonsensical... Also my dreams have very weird lately, but I suppose dreams usually are that way, only now they are even longer...
Like some of the people above, I find that I am tired before bed and fall asleep fairly easily, but wake up - refreshed - before I intended to, like 2 or 3 hours earlier. If I wake up too early then I feel the lack during the day, I get tired in the afternoon, and especially my brain gets tired. Otherwise I definitely have more energy and it feels wonderful. I was the type of person before that always felt lack of energy, often just barely dragged myself around, sleepy, tired, but not now!
I find the notion of cellular memory quite fascinating!
I live in the north, a rural area, and there is a greater percentage of Aboriginal population than in the cities. So I've been hearing stories about fasting that I might not have heard otherwise. Fasting (usually in spring) is one of the traditional cultural things, and they say that for the 3-4 days that you don't eat or drink anything, you stop feeling hungry and you start to have all kind of spiritual experiences and visions.
I always found that quite interesting, but of course had no intention on trying it out.
But I'm wondering if now with reduced calories diet we are experiencing a sort of faint shade of that fasting experience... For example the serenity that someone mentioned in a different thread (also interesting notion) was also a part of I've been hearing about the experiences people have during the fast.
About the feeling of anxiousness, well, it might be something to discuss with a doctor, but what I wanted to say is regarding very mild feeling of anxiousness before sleep: having something sweet (or a little sweet, as long as it's not say, spicy, sour, bitter etc) calms my mind and gives me that comfy feeling of being ready to relax and sleep. Kind of like an infant with it's bottle
Definitely no heavy foods or greasy...
For example before IP it could be a glass of milk or if I am more peckish then even a peanut butter sandwich. On IP it's a drink for me (any of the drinks are fine for that) or a pudding. For others it might be one of the bars, but the information I received in my starting package did say that in the evening we should choose one of the lower carb packets, such as a drink or a pudding.