I have struggled with waking up in the middle of the night between 2:00 am and 3:00 am for as far back as my early twenties. Back then you just think it’s the crazy schedule and in my thirties I figured it was having babies, but when you hit your forties and realize you’re not going to make it without sleep – you start to pay closer attention.
I have low blood sugar issues and I will often wake in the middle of the night if I go to bed not eating something well balanced. Adrenal and stress is also a factor since stress hormones will initiate low blood sugar. The most overlooked issue related to waking in the middle of the night is the liver.
1:00 am – 3:00 am is the “liver hour” where your liver regenerates. If you have a sluggish or congested liver you are not releasing glycogen (stored sugar in the liver) at this time and of course your blood sugar drops and you wake up – often hungry, in the middle of the night. Or you feel startled, stimulated or nauseous.
When I wake in the middle of the night I eat 1 teaspoon of steel cut oats or quinoa and perhaps 1 teaspoon of natural peanut butter. If you can do dairy, try 1-2 teaspoons of PLAIN organic Greek yogurt or drink 1 scoop of Metagenics UltraGlucose Control. This food will bring the blood sugar back up and stabilize it and you will fall back asleep. I also take 2 Metagenics AdvaClear capsules before bed to help my liver process correctly. AdvaClear is a miracle worker for having a bowel movement! Did you know that most unresolved constipation is due to liver congestion? AdvaClear helps the liver methylate correctly as well, which is usually part of the problem.
Hormonal Health, Wellness and Aesthetic Centers carries a wide range of Metagenics medical grade nutritional products, including a link on this website to order directly (click on “Nutritional Supplementation”). Before taking any new supplement consult with your health care professional or call Hormonal Health, Wellness and Aesthetic Center for a consultation.