Trouble sleeping? Waking up in the middle of the night?


Do you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night? Are you following a certain diet? Trying to lose weight? You may be restricting your carbohydrates too much!

Let’s begin with glycogen… what is glycogen?

  • “Carbohydrate stores” in the body
  • Stores are very limited
  • Reserves are smaller than protein and fat stores
  • Stores are located primarily in the liver and muscle

So how does glycogen impact your sleep?

  • Liver glycogen can maintain its stores to keep your blood glucose (blood sugars) normalized through the night
  • A morning meal will refuel and replace these stores used up overnight while sleeping


If you’re not consuming enough carbohydrate = drop in blood glucose = hunger = waking up in the middle of the night!

Make sure to choose the right carbohydrates to fuel your body and replenish those glycogen stores throughout the day.

Foods such as: sweet potatoes, berries, vegetables, root vegetables, apples, beans, oats, nuts, ancient grains (e.g. quinoa), large flake oats, etc. These carbohydrates are the best source of fuel that are high in fibre and nutrients.


Published by Brooke Bliss, BScFN, RYT-500

My name is Brooke Bliss. I am a yogi, traveller, and food enthusiast. I am a graduate of Western University's B.Sc. Honors Nutrition & Dietetics program and a 500-hour certified yoga teacher. I love to share my healthy, whole-food recipes, nutrition facts, yoga and lifestyle tips. Thank you for stopping by my page. Namaste :)

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