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Ketosis Vs. Ketoacidosis: What You Should Know

Despite the similarity in name, ketosis and ketoacidosis are two different things. Ketoacidosis refers to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and is a complication of type 1 diabetes mellitus. It’s a life-threatening condition resulting from dangerously high levels of ketones and blood sugar. This combination makes your blood too acidic, which can change the normal functioning of internal organs like your liver and kidneys. It’s critical that you get prompt treatment. DKA can occur very quickly. It may develop in less than 24 hours. It mostly occurs in people with type 1 diabetes whose bodies do not produce any insulin. Several things can lead to DKA, including illness, improper diet, or not taking an adequate dose of insulin. DKA can also occur in individuals with type 2 diabetes who have little or no insulin production. Ketosis is the presence of ketones. It’s not harmful. You can be in ketosis if you’re on a low-carbohydrate diet or fasting, or if you’ve consumed too much alcohol. If you have ketosis, you have a higher than usual level of ketones in your blood or urine, but not high enough to cause acidosis. Ketones are a chemical your body produces when it burns stored fat. S Continue reading >>

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  1. minky

    Hi All,
    Here I go again, bouncing back out of bed...can't sleep... wide awake and full of energy...
    This started when I went into ketosis 4 or 5 days ago and nothing is helping at night.(Love my new found energy during the day but not at 10:00p!) I barely have any caffeine in my diet, perhaps 1/4 c coffee in the morning, so that's not it. Tried melatonin, doesn't work for me. I even tried an Ambien (which is my last resort) and even that didn't make me bat an eyelash.
    That's a bad case of insomnia.
    The biggest problem is that after tossing and turning all night I finally fall into a deep sleep at about 4:00am and then my confused body wants to sleep to 9:00am. This isn't working out so well with the rest of my life and family :help: any ideas?

  2. 299lbs

    Hi!
    I'm not personally affected by this, but I did a Google search and it seems that insomnia is a normal side effect to being in ketosis. It does however appear to only last until your body is used to being in ketosis. It doesn't say how long that's for, but my guess is that it depends on the person - unfortunately.
    Good night! I hope you get some sleep :)

  3. minky

    Thanks for your research, I saw a bit of that too. Also seems like quite a few people sleep better with ketosis :confused:
    Tonight I tried the age old trick of warm milk - only this time it was warm unsweetened Almond Milk. That at least got me into a light, fitful tossing / turning sleep by midnight, only to be awakened at 3:15 by a 3.9 Earthquake in Montana 800 miles away. :rolleyes: Small slam(!) and a shake was all it took - popped right up on that one, wide awake once again.
    So, here I am 4:10am. 2 ounces of turkey later (Tryptophan anyone? :lol: ) starting to get a little sleepy....can't sleep in till 9 today unfortunately.
    night night for now :yawn:

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