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Changes In Sleep Patterns

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I have never had a problem getting to sleep before I had celiac. I have been gluten free for about 3 years now. Since April I have noticed I have trouble falling asleep. I will toss and turn. I feel physically tired but as soon as I hit the pillow it is as if I am wide awake. Now here is the strange part, only happens during the work week.

Our usual bedtime is 11. We wake up between 6:15-6:30. Some nights I even take Tylenol PM. On the weekend..Fri/Sat night I can be half asleep by 11:30. It is driving me crazy. Last night I was so fed up, I was practically throwing pillows/blankets all over the house. I could not get comfortable to even begin to fall asleep. I felt so bad for John, he was doing everything he could to make me comfortable and calm but nothing would help. Tonight after work we are going to buy me some new pillows.

Anyone have this problem or have any suggestions?

I thought I was nervous about work, but things have been smooth at work since Jan so I am not sure what is causing this.

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I've got the same issue...I can be really tired, nodding off on the couch, but the minute I go to bed I'm tossing and turning. Or I fall asleep but wake frequently at night. On weekends I sleep in to catch up, but I will still wake up exhausted. I'm sure part of it is sleeping a different schedule on the weekends...it's really best to keep the same sleep schedule throughout the week to keep from resetting one's internal clock.

That said, I'm convinced that my sleep issues, plus my long list of other health complaints are thyroid and/or andrenal related. Unfortuantely, my labs are all "normal." I'm sure that I'm one of those people who have a normal looking TSH, but the number (2.49) is high for me. (I've read that anything over 1.5 should be considered hypo.)

Michelle

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Yeah, same here... I have a much harder time falling asleep now than I did pre-dx. I also have a very hard time staying asleep. I rarely feel well rested in the morning. I keep the same schedule all week long (stay at home mom) and it doesn't make a bit of difference for me. If you figure anything out, let us know. I would love to have a good night's sleep again. I always just thought that my sleep issues were related to becoming a mom. Maybe not though...

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good it's not just me... I'm up till 4:00 am sleep till 8:oo am. I guess Physical exercise should be a recommendition, I understand That now my body is absorbing nutriants so i am wondering if that might be why energy levels changing or starting to change.

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Have you tried some bed time routine to get you relaxed? I've always read some before sleeping. I frequently fall asleep with it still in my hands ; D If i try to go to sleep without reading it usually takes me a long while because my mind wanders over things I've done that day repeatedly. Maybe taking a brisk walk, hot shower, or hot cup of tea might help, I've heard of all of those being part of a bedtime routine.

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Thanks everyone. I feel so much better knowing it is not just me. I am thinking of trying a relaxing bath/reading while in there tonight before bed. I will report back. I would also like to get my hands on some lavender oil, which they say relaxes you too.

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Here are some ideas that might help you get to sleep. See if any might work for you. Fortunately I do not have sleep problems usually. I am back on gluten for awhile for testing and now I wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep. I have been taking a hot bath with lavendar and drinking something warm. It really helps. Also sleeping in complete darkness really helps.

http://www.mercola.com/article/sleep.htm

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I never had any problems sleeping until 3-4 years ago, and then it was only once in awhile. About 2 years ago, suddenly I couldn't sleep through the night. Go to sleep but then wake in a couple of hours and couldn't get back to sleep.

Dr. checked and tried several things. Not sure I can remember them all. Cortisol levels was one--but it made me worse to treat that. L-tryptophan powder has helped. Doc said it helps about 50% of people. (The sleeping making protein in turkey).

For me it has seemed to be hormone related. Started going on low dose HRT and it helped but still fluctuates at times. Like I'll be fine for 6 weeks and then have 1-2 weeks where I need sleeping medication.

I've read with interest the celiacs who get over insomnia after gluten-free, but so far that's not me. Maybe eventually as I am only 2 months gluten-free.

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