Food sensitivity results in Severe Insomnia

Posted by magluchi @magluchi, Mar 30 6:14am

Hoping someone out there has experience with this problem, and can make recommendations.
I am on 4 mg of prednisone a day reduced from 5 and that is when this problem started. If I eat anything after 2 o’clock that is not homemade with ingredients that do not have additives, preservatives, MSG, colorings, etc. I have insomnia that night. Typically, I cannot fall asleep until after 2am going to bed around 10pm. if I remember to take papaya enzymes right after I eat, I sometimes avoid the insomnia. Appreciate your suggestions.

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Hello @magluchi, I don't have any experience with food sensitivity or allergy causing insomnia but I'm sure you are not alone. There is some research on the topic that you might find helpful while you wait for members who have experience to respond.

--- Sleep disorders related to nutrition and digestive diseases: a neglected clinical condition:

You also may find this related discussion helpful:
--- PMR, prednisone and Poor Sleep or Insomnia:

Have you discussed the new symptoms with your doctor or rheumatologist to see if they may have some insight or suggestions?


Are you taking any other medications? I am taking hydroxychloroquine 200 mg and although the literature says I should sleep better, I do not. My problem is not the same as yours. I can. go to sleep but wake up at 2 to 4 AM and cannot got to sleep. This is not usual for me before taking HCQ when I would sleep from about 10:30 PM to 7 AM


Thank you for replying to my post. I am on 4 mg of prednisone, budesonide,Fosomax. When I was on gabapentin, I had no problem with food reactions or pain and now I have a bit of both. Unfortunately gabapentin packs a lot of terrible side effects so not worth the trade. Insomnia is so bad for you. I just hate not sleeping.

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