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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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I have only been gluten free for two weeks, but have seen great improvements already in my symptoms. But now it seems that I am sleeping SO deep that I don't wake up for anything in the morning until my body is ready to be awake. Normally I will get up with my husband when he gets up for work, but now I barely squint open my eyes to say good bye. Around 2-4pm I start to get tired as well. I'm just wondering if this is normal when you first start the diet? Is my body maybe just repairing itself so I am needing more sleep? I used to have insomnia but thankfully that seems to be gone this week, but now its just strange to sleep through the night and not wake up to anything..do you think this will pass? If I let myself I would probably stay asleep until noon or later, where as before I was getting up at 6 am every morning. I am also having much more vivid dreams..Is this just the transition?

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I have only been gluten free for two weeks, but have seen great improvements already in my symptoms. But now it seems that I am sleeping SO deep that I don't wake up for anything in the morning until my body is ready to be awake. Normally I will get up with my husband when he gets up for work, but now I barely squint open my eyes to say good bye. Around 2-4pm I start to get tired as well. I'm just wondering if this is normal when you first start the diet? Is my body maybe just repairing itself so I am needing more sleep? I used to have insomnia but thankfully that seems to be gone this week, but now its just strange to sleep through the night and not wake up to anything..do you think this will pass? If I let myself I would probably stay asleep until noon or later, where as before I was getting up at 6 am every morning. I am also having much more vivid dreams..Is this just the transition?

Same thing happened to me--the first weeks gluten-free, I felt like I couldn't get enough sleep. I would get tired in the afternoons also and be ready for bed every night by 7-8PM. It did pass, and as I was able to get in a little exercise, it really improved.

At first, though, I would just let your body do what it needs to do. There's a lot going on in there as you heal :D

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Same thing happened to me--the first weeks gluten-free, I felt like I couldn't get enough sleep. I would get tired in the afternoons also and be ready for bed every night by 7-8PM. It did pass, and as I was able to get in a little exercise, it really improved.

At first, though, I would just let your body do what it needs to do. There's a lot going on in there as you heal :D

Thanks for the reply! How long did it take before your sleeping pattern became more normal?

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I have only been gluten free for two weeks, but have seen great improvements already in my symptoms. But now it seems that I am sleeping SO deep that I don't wake up for anything in the morning until my body is ready to be awake. Normally I will get up with my husband when he gets up for work, but now I barely squint open my eyes to say good bye. Around 2-4pm I start to get tired as well. I'm just wondering if this is normal when you first start the diet? Is my body maybe just repairing itself so I am needing more sleep? I used to have insomnia but thankfully that seems to be gone this week, but now its just strange to sleep through the night and not wake up to anything..do you think this will pass? If I let myself I would probably stay asleep until noon or later, where as before I was getting up at 6 am every morning. I am also having much more vivid dreams..Is this just the transition?

I'm so glad I'm not the only one. I was recently diagnosed about a week ago and am trying hard to keep away from everything gluten. But when I go to sleep, I'm just SO tired. I'm a college student so I'm used to staying up late, but now I can barely make it to 10 o clock before I feel like I'm ready to pass out. But when I do go to sleep I wake up the next morning around 7:30 and I feel better than I ever have before. I have always had vivid dreams, ever since I was little, but now they have just gotten more vivid and even stranger. I realize this is a bit later than your original post, so I was wondering how long it took you to adjust to it or if you still have it to an extent. I've had to resort to forums and online info to help me figure out what's going on, so any info would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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This is happening to me too. I have had terrible sleep for ages, and since being gluten free (only 5 days so far) I've been sleeping so deeply. I have two little ones who still wake occasionally at night, and I have to drag myself awake to get up to them. I've also always been someone who wakes early, but it now feels like I could sleep for hours longer. Too bad though, because I'm up early with busy children :D

And yes, vivid dreams too.

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I used to wake up at least once every night (even twice if I stress for whatever reason) for no apparent reason but that is over since I went gluten-free 2 weeks ago. I'm having good sleep and can't wait for the weekend to sleep loll. My sleep is also deep and restful now.

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I have only been gluten free for two weeks, but have seen great improvements already in my symptoms. But now it seems that I am sleeping SO deep ...

I wish I had that problem. Since I went gluten free my sleep is even worst, I wake up at 3-4AM and cannot go back to sleep. Get out of bed unrested and yawn all day long.

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I can't wait to see if gluten free will help my insomnia...it's been 20 yrs of battling with a sleeping disorder....but my first full day gluten free is already a treat, I can be around people without having to fear that my stomach acts up!!!!

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I wish I had that problem. Since I went gluten free my sleep is even worst, I wake up at 3-4AM and cannot go back to sleep. Get out of bed unrested and yawn all day long.

That's me too. I've always had problems but was taking an herbal supplement that really helped; once I went gluten-free it didn't do a thing for me, I have to take a Benadryl every night in order to sleep the night through. Doc says that's ok but who wants to take a drug 7 days a week to sleep! :0P

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I as well experienced this intense exhaustion. However it took but a mere couple months to subside and it was as if a light had been turned on and I could all of a sudden last a whole day and I could get by with less hours of sleep. However it came back about a month later but im guessing this is due to CC.

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I thought i was the only one! My son was recently diagnosed with Celiac and my husband and I have never shown any symptoms. We all decided to go gluten free for him! but since we've started, i feel like i could stay in bed all day and sleep even though i got a full 7-9 hrs of pure sleep. My husband is also feeling the same way. Our celiac son is actually sleeping through the night now and waking up feeling rested. He's sleeping so sound that he has wet the bed a few nights!

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Wow, I'm so happy I found this thread. I started gluten-free existence on Tuesday and have for the first time in as long as I can remember had full, deep nights sleep. It is wonderful! Four nights in a row and when it's time to wake up I feel like I could sleep another ten hours! I am loving it, and while I hope the deep sleep continues, the exhaustion that follows it I hope will pass. Gluten free is working for me!!!

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Me too! The last month being gluten free I can't get enough sleep. I used to be up with the sun even if I didn't have to go to work for a few more hours. Now I sleep till the very last moment I can, and when I get home all I want to do is sleep. I figure it's either the recent gluten-freeing or stress due to a major life change coming up, or both combined. Either way I figure my body is telling me I need something and I'm not thinking twice about it!

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I thought i was the only one! My son was recently diagnosed with Celiac and my husband and I have never shown any symptoms. We all decided to go gluten free for him! but since we've started, i feel like i could stay in bed all day and sleep even though i got a full 7-9 hrs of pure sleep. My husband is also feeling the same way. Our celiac son is actually sleeping through the night now and waking up feeling rested. He's sleeping so sound that he has wet the bed a few nights!

I have been gluten-free for about 5 months, and sleeping much better. I had insomnia for a couple years before diagnosis, and terrible Restless Leg Syndrome. When I told the doctor the RLS was gone, he said it was because of the gluten-free diet. Also I am dreaming again! I hadn't remembered dreaming much at all for several years, except sometimes awakened by a loud sound, usually of a telephone ring like right next to my ear, one time a tremendous explosion noise, but all was quiet upon awakening. Is that celiac too?

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