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    Former Fatass Unreal's Avatar
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    Carbs effect on sleep

    Recently on my current cut, I've been having trouble sleeping. I find if I get to sleep I'm up an hour or two later and this repeats through the night. If I have a bowl of oatmeal right before sleep or when I wake up, I pass out and get a good nights rest. Is there a reason for this? I think my weightloss and strength gains have got better since I started having a carb+protein meal right before bed.
    For some reason having a protein+fat meal before bed just doesn't do it.
    Nick V

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    Hulking bulking bruiser Minotaur's Avatar
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    Carbs have a sedating effect. They're used in producing serotonin, the "feel good" brain neurotransmitter. That's one reason why if you have a lot of carbs for lunch, you feel sleepy in the afternoon. That's the simple short version. I don't know the scientific details.

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