Fasting has been very good for me. It has healed problems for me, sicknesses. It makes me feel good, and I enjoy it. It has also taught me a lot.
But fasting is not all pleasure, not all good. I have found that there are some negatives to fasting too.
So far I have written the following articles about the difficulties of fasting:
- Fasting is difficult
- Difficult: Dealing with people
- Difficult: The Plateau
Today, I want to write about another thing that is difficult about fasting.
I have found, and I see reports from others, that sleeping is difficult during fasting. I know this has really been the case for me.
I am 55 years old, which I don’t consider to be very old, more middle-aged, but for the past few years, I regularly go to bed at 9 PM. Sometimes a little before that even. I am a good sleeper, and usually, within a few minutes after laying down, I am asleep. Sleeping has never really been an issue for me.
When I started fasting, though, some months back, I noticed that I was not sleeping well.
Instead of going to bed at 9 PM, I started going to bed at 10 or 11 PM, and when I did go to bed, it took a long time for me to sleep, sometimes hours.
In fact, most of the time, now, I will lay down with my wife at 10 or 11, then after she is sleeping, I will get up and do something else. Usually, I watch something on TV or a movie. Generally, I find that I usually end up sleeping about 3 AM now. I used to sleep early, but would get up early, between 3 and 5 AM (I never use an alarm, just wake up naturally). Now, if I fall asleep at, say, 3 AM, I will wake up no later than 6:30, so I will get 3 to 3 1/2 hours of sleep.
Funny thing is, I rarely feel sleepy during the day. I rarely take naps, although I used to. I just find that my body does not need the same amount of sleep when I am fasting. I am not sure why that is and have not really researched into it. I have seen anecdotal information from others who fast saying the same things that I am experiencing, but I just don’t know why.
I speculate that perhaps our body does not need as much downtime because we are not putting our body to work processing this food that we ingest. I don’t know, though. Do you have any idea why this is the case? If so, leave a comment below to share your information, it would be greatly appreciated.
What I am going to do
I have decided that I am just going to sleep when I am tired. When I am not tired, I will do something productive. Maybe I will do research, writing or other work activities. When I feel tired, no matter the time, I will sleep then. No reason to lay in the bed for hours forcing myself to go to sleep. That is a waste of time.
When it comes to my health, my policy is to listen to what my body is telling me. If I am not sleepy, my body is telling me that it does not need the sleep at that time, so it is time to listen to that!
Do you have other solutions?