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    Ever since I went primal a year ago my daily energy has absolutely skyrocketed. I no longer have afternoon crashes and when I wake up I'm not dreary of fuzzy at all. I literally jump out of bed and I'm ready to kick some ass.

    However, whereas I used to not get the slightest bit tired until around 11:00pm before, I find that now as soon as 10:00pm rolls around I am ready to crawl into bed. I don't really understand why I can be so damn energetic during the day but just zonk out come 10.

    Has anyone else experienced this kind of rapid shift or is it normal for sleeping habits to start shifting in our mid twenties like this?

  • #2
    What time do you get up?

    Any chance you're more physical now?


    • #3
      Seems perfectly normal to me. That's sort of how I am. I'm up at 5:30-6:00 most days when the sun comes up, and crash by 10:00-11:00 when the sun has finally gone down.


      • #4
        i prefer crashing at night to being drowsy all day and an insomniac at night
        I didn't like the rules you gave me, so I made some of my own.

        Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general. - Mark Rippetoe


        • #5
          I get up at 5:30 and I have doubled my crossfit intensity, so I guess it makes sense... it's just how sudden and dramatically it changed that has surprised me I guess.


          • #6
            I love the fact that I have more energy all day and then when I get to about 10.30 I crash. I used to have trouble sleeping because it is hard to turn my mind off but I am so tired at night that I go to sleep within 5 minutes and I sleep all night. When I wake at 6-6.30 I am wide awake and ready for my day. I have always had a lot of energy but since eating primally I bounce off the walls all day and have no ups and downs. Everyone is reaching for a coffee or chocolate at 3pm I don't even feel like eating.


            • #7
              I don't think 6.5 hours is enough sleep. But that's just me. I need AT LEAST 8. I know that some people can function on 4 or so. I like to do more than "function"... I'm more into performing well. Plus it only makes sense that if you increase your physical output, you need more rest. Our bodies heal while we're asleep. So, correct me if I'm wrong. But you should really be hitting your muscles during a crossfit workout. They need to recover. That's a pretty straight up formula. (Ask Mr. Spock!)


              • #8
                Ah, I think it's the increased intensity in your workout. That does it to me. It really can have a marked effect. But I think you just need some time to adjust.


                • #9
                  I'm doing the same thing -- wake up at 5:00 - 5:30, and my body shuts down at around 9:00 - 9:30. A friend once told me he could actually see the curtain go down as I hit that wall -- one moment I'm awake, the next I'm fighting sleep, so regularly he could keep time by it. I don't think of it as an issue, though -- I just crawl in bed and sleep like a rock. I don't even think this has anything to do with my paleo diet (other than I no longer crave naps mid-afternoon, and I have insane energy until the moment the sleep-wall hits). I just think that's how our circadian rhythms are built. When the time comes, we go to sleep.