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7 Most Common Ketosis Side Effects And Solutions

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate, and moderate-protein diet that has been proved to be an effective treatment among patients with epileptic conditions, such as glucose transporter 1 deficiency, pyruvate dehydrogenase deficiency, tuberous sclerosis complex, Rett syndrome, Dravet syndrome, and specific mitochondrial disorders (1, 2). Keto diet is also associated with reduced body weight and insulin resistance, thus it can be beneficial with obesity and diabetes type 2 patients (3). There are also many major benefits of ketogenic diet such as improving cardiovascular health, brain function, and having therapeutic effects in several other chronic conditions. What you should be aware of is the difference between ketosis and ketoacidosis because they are two very different things. Ketosis is a natural metabolic state whereas ketoacidosis, also known as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), is a dangerous condition in people with diabetes. Nonetheless, keto diets are also related with some adverse effects, most of them are temporary side effects and easily treated. Here we have a list of negative side effects of ketogenic diet, mostly occur at the beginning and some of them will Continue reading >>

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  1. W. Prins

    My experience pretty much mirrors Aarons and I also agree with Teymur. By and large I can get by with less sleep than before and when I do sleep I seem to benefit more from it, which is to say I seem to recover more quickly. In the very early days I had stints where I had some sleep disruptions of various kinds (not being able to get to sleep when I wanted to and so on) but resolved itself in time.

  2. Aaron Goold

    I agree with Jbs. This is just an n=1 answer, but I need less sleep after being in ketosis for at least a week. I used to need 9 hours of sleep. Now I can get 6-7 and feel fine. However, sometimes I wake in the middle of the night and cannot fall back asleep. I've heard from Dave Asprey (Bulletproof guy) that this is common with ketosis. He suggests having some quality carbs before bed. I tried, but haven't noticed a difference. The weird part is, some weeks I'll get only 5-6 hours a night due to work/stress/etc. I'll be tired the first 10-15 minutes, then feel fine all the way until bed. I still prefer to get 7-8 hrs, but now I'm not dying when I don't get it.
    Update: Wanted to add, I also practice intermittent fasting. Not sure how much that also affects sleep/ketosis, but something to consider in my response.

  3. Teymur Mammadov

    Not sure what you mean by sleep “architecture” - I’m going to assume you mean sleep patters (possibly?). Some people who go extremely low-carb (ketosis may have different degrees, you can be considered to be in ketosis with both 0.7 mMol and 4 mMol, but they are, obviously, very different levels of ketones) or no-carb often report sleep pattern disruptions - but individual reactions may vary. If that is an issue, it is recommended to consume low amount of healthy carbs at night before sleep (that’s one of the reasons I personally prefer consuming my carbs - however low - at night) - not so much as to take you out of ketosis, but enough to not interfere with your sleep.

    If you really meant to ask how ketosis affects sleep requirements - I would tend to agree with other writers: typically you might see a reduction in the need to sleep as you get more into ketosis and the associated lifestyle. I do personally consider that moderate ketosis is healthier than the so-called “balanced diet” - and healthier bodies need lees sleep. This effect, however, is not something that happens immediately. It requires you to become generally keto-adapted and make this a lifestyle. In other words - do not expect that by slipping into ketosis first time you would suddenly wake up refreshed after 5 hours of sleep :)

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