frankiesfriend wrote:My concerns have to do with the effect of fasting on sleep, which is an ongoing struggle for me, and the general stress of being hungry, since both inadequate sleep and stress can so negatively impact brain health. Do any of you who have tried fasting or who regularly fast struggle with these, and if so, do you believe that the health benefits of fasting outweigh those of sleep/stress issues?
I am constantly trying to improve my sleep as well. I have done a couple 36-48 hour fasts. I noticed a disruption to my sleep the second night. I just didn't feel tired. I bounced back pretty quickly after ending the fast, though. I think it is worth it to do one longer fast (24-48 hours) a month at the expense of a bit of sleep. I feel like I get an adequate amount of sleep most of the time, so one night is okay.
I think it really depends on how much & the quality of sleep that you usually get. I usually prioritize quality sleep over other strategies.
Exercise improves sleep and also induces autophagy, so it may be an alternative to fasting that might improve your sleep.