Tuesday, June 11, 2013
I have posted this same question in the Starfish challenge discussion, but I want to throw it out here too, in hopes of figuring out a solution. It's about protein powder--specifically MRM whey protein powder, Dutch chocolate flavor. I haven't used protein powders in the past, but this one came highly recommended & I'm always on the lookout for ways to increase my protein without adding lots of sodium or sugar. This one is sweetened with stevia. I ordered a big container & really like it. It was the basis of my lunch this past Saturday & again on Monday.
BUT the past two nights I have had really terrible insomnia, the kind that features lots of irrational thoughts that have no basis in day-to-day life (I'm feeling really happy & positive during waking hours these days!). It feels like a "purely chemical" insomnia--I've had lots of experience over the years to classify this as its own kind.
And the only new element in my routine has been the protein powder.
I've read the product info & it doesn't seem to include any stimulants other than the low level of caffeine that occurs naturally in chocolate. Maybe just that small amount is causing me problems--but that seems far-fetched, since I often eat chocolate with no ill effects. Could the proteins themselves be overwhelming my system? Anyone else ever experience this effect with protein powder, chocolate or otherwise? Thanks!