Why do I wake up between 1-3 in the morning?

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Hi, I'm Tina!

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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POV: you’re waking up between 1-3 in the morning AGAIN. Why do I wake up between 1-3 in the morning?


Watch this week’s YouTube video


I hear this question all the time from my clients, and it’s something I struggled with myself – Why do I wake up between 1-3 in the morning every night? 



When we enter our late 30s to mid-’40s, a lot of things change with our bodies (am I right?), especially as far as our hormones and ability to deal with stress. 


A lot of times, you’re waking up in the middle of the night because of ~ low blood sugar ~ 


See, your brain needs glucose to work. When you have low blood sugar, your brain signals your adrenal glands to produce cortisol >>aka the STRESS hormone<<


Cortisol raises glucose levels which is great, but it’s also why you have anxiety and energy almost to the point where you can get up and start your day at like three in the morning.  


NOT great. 


To help a girl out, here are a few of my favorite bedtime snacks to stabilize your blood sugar: 


A glass of whole milk (cold/warm) with honey and a dash of sea salt

Full-fat vanilla ice cream with a sprinkle of salt 

An apple of pear with full-fat cheddar cheese 

A small bowl of ground beef and lentils with a dash of barbecue sauce 

Peanut butter and banana smoothie w/ protein powder 

Smoked salmon on a whole-grain cracker 


I talk more about this on Youtube, so be sure to check out the full video and save this post so you don’t forget these sleepy-time snack ideas! 

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