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Insomnia After Going Gluten-Free: Tips to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Hi Everyone,  

Recently, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  

Celiac is beyond Gluten Intolerance, it is an auto-immune disease. When gluten is introduced into the system– no matter how minuscule–antibodies are formed and my immune system attacks the inside of my intestines. There is no cure for Celiac Disease. The only treatment is the complete elimination of all gluten—forever. Over the next few months, I will share my story and develop a gluten-free resource on my website. The section is for those who may find this path beneficial—even if, unlike me, it is not imperative.   Many autistic individuals are sensitive to gluten. Anecdotal evidence suggests symptomology may be reduced by eliminating gluten from our diets. This has been the case for me. But, there are challenges. One of those is the possibility of sleep disturbances (yeah, because we need more of those, right?)   I’ve invited Sarah Cummings to share a few tips for getting a good night’s sleep.   Enjoy!

Jeannie

 
 

Insomnia After Going Gluten-Free

Written by Sara Cummings
 
Every one of us has been there at some point. You slide into bed to catch 40 winks, drift off easily, and wake up bright and fresh for the next day. There’s no doubt that many of us take simple things like this for granted, right?
 
It’s common these days, for people from all walks of life battling with lack of sleep and its effects.
 
Making diet choices to better your health is a positive step. But what if your new diet disturbs your sleeping pattern? When your quality of sleep diminishes, it’s time to seek advice to overcome this obstacle.
 
Those living with celiac disease or people and those choosing a gluten-free diet usually share a common issue: low energy levels. Paired with the inability to have a good night’s sleep regularly, could be a roadblock to a successful diet plan.
 

Celiac, Gluten-free: What’s the correlation?

 
There’s little known about why being a celiac and having a gluten-free diet makes people tired or struggle with sleep. Although researchers are aware of the fact, it’s a tricky one to get over. When you start a new diet, your body begins to adjust. According to WebMD, this is more apparent during the night when your blood sugar levels usually spike, but it does the opposite and lowers.
 
Individuals with Celiac Disease and Autism Spectrum Disorders tend to have sleep issues. There is no instant cure. Although, there are a few strategies to try for getting a better night’s sleep.
 

Tips for getting a high-quality night’s sleep:

 
 
  1. Keep to regular wakening and sleep times, Sleep.org recommend.
  2. Avoid stimulants like caffeine after midday, or at least 6-8 hours before bedtime as this can disturb your sleep.
  3. Adopting mindfulness or deep-breathing exercises to put your mind at ease and relax you before you sleep. You can download mindfulness app on your smartphone.
  4. Stop watching late-night TV or using a tablet or phone in bed. Shut tech down two hours before bedtime. The blue light from the screen suppresses melatonin and frequently triggers sleep interference.
  5. Be active during the day. Activity promotes better-quality sleep. However, vigorous exercise 3 to 4 hours before you bed down for the night. 
  6. Remove or dim your clock’s screen. The temptation to clock is too strong., and leads to stress and anxiety.

Natural Options to promote restful sleep:

 
Magnesium plays an important role in sleep. Studies show magnesium supplements can increase the speed at which you fall asleep, and sleep quality.
 
Magnesium is naturally-occurring in broccoli, bananas, green leafy vegetables, yogurt, pumpkin seeds and almonds. These foods are also calcium-rich known to endorse a healthy sleep cycle.
 
Herbal teas, such as chamomile, offer calming effects and can settle stomach problems. Drinking herbal teas as part of your nightly routine can assist in achieving sound, and comforting slumber.
 

Author Bio:

Sarah Cummings has been writing educational and supportive guides for the over half a decade after originally, wanting to share her passion to help others with her knowledge and experience in sleep. Finding that the benefits associated were helping her live a much healthier lifestyle, so she just had to share!

Her love of exercise has always been a big part of how she leads her life, and she finds it helps with a range of things, including sleep and diet. Sarah is an advocator of promoting wholesome sleep and how it can be the difference between living a happy, fulfilled life and one that is not as healthy and happy.

Find Sarah attending regular beach yoga sessions and sipping camomile tea under a sunset when she’s not finding new ways to help people create better living environments for themselves.

Jeannie Davide-Rivera

Jeannie is an award-winning author, the Answers.com Autism Category Expert, contributes to Autism Parenting Magazine, and the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. She lives in New York with her husband and four sons, on the autism spectrum.