I’d say 90%+ of N=1ers have reported the same thing—vivid dreaming when taking potato starch at night before bedtime. Longtime commenter, Dr. Gabriella Kadar, has newly discovered X-Rated Dreams, just in case anyone might be interested in that sort of thing.
The dreams: Totally X rated. I don’t know if that says something about me or what, but it’s every night. Not problematic, just not the usual. I was really wondering if I should add this but what the hell, for the sake of slightly embarrassing accuracy it’s not just ‘vivid dreams’. Or maybe other people were using the term ‘vivid’ to mean the same thing. I was wondering if besides effects on neurotransmitters there’s an effect on hormones.
Here’s another commenter, just in this morning.
I decided to try potato starch based on the reports of sleep and vivid dreams. I Jumped right in, getting a bag and some Lifeway “greek style” plain (full fat) kefir from whole foods last night.
I figured start off full speed ahead, to see what a full 4 tablespoons would do right before bed, after never consuming raw potato starch before. So 4 tablespoons PS, 1 cup kefir (quite thick!). First, I noticed absolutely no increase in flatulence. I was actually quite shocked, given the reports. I hope this isn’t a bad sign that my gut is dead, haha. Moving on…
I drank this at 2:30 am. I had fallen asleep at my girfriend’s around 11, woke up, drove home, mixed and drank, then went to bed. I had difficulty falling asleep (always happens when I wake up and drive at 2am). What was different, though, was that I quickly started feeling a sense of well being, and energy. Perhaps the calorie load, or the assorted milk mood properties, caused this, but as I was lying there, I felt an increasing sense of well-being, an increasing sense of energy, and an increasing sense of relaxation (I’ll call it mild euphoria). Finally fell asleep.
Dreams were exactly as you described. Long vivid narratives with complex themes based on current life happenings. Unfortunately, I had just finished showing the first season of 24 to my girlfriend. My dream(s) involved being sent on a mission to kill someone by terrorists that held my family hostage, and trying avoid being killed myself. Regardless, despite the stressful nature of the dream, I didn’t wake up feeling stressed and tired like I normally would have after driving at 2 am, lying in bed awake, and dreaming some crazy stressful stuff.
The dream did finally cause me to wake earlier than I usually would have, I fell back asleep, then woke up at a normal time (7:30). Interestingly, I didn’t remember the dream, rather, realized I had intense dreams, the memory of which came after I had been awake for a while (effectively the opposite of the typical “crazy dream” which is forgotten 30 minutes later).
Today, after getting out of bed normally (always a laborious stressful process), I felt awake sooner than usual. Before leaving the house in the morning, I felt very invigorated and alert. My typical first cup of coffee hit me harder than usual. I actually felt a little jittery, and somewhat “overly” alert. Typically, 2 cups of coffee do not have a noticeable impact on my energy and mood, so this was surprising.
I feel both more alert and energetic today, and more “care-free” (nagging issues of the day and upcoming deadlines not causing me as much stress as usual).
I don’t have any blood sugar issues and never test, and any digestive issues I had in the past were largely solved after going low carb primal (PaNu) around 2010 and then reintroducing carbs about 2 years ago.
I look forward to trying PS before bed at a more “normal” bedtime, and am curious to see how my mood is after a couple of weeks (I don’t mind an increased sense of well-being! but in my experience mood is mood and always maintains an average equilibrium despite dietary changes).
I’ve blogged plenty on the dreaming myself, and in comments as well, so to make this two topics in one post, I was interested as well in his statement, “My typical first cup of coffee hit me harder than usual.” I replied:
Glad you brought this up. I have seriously considered dropping coffee altogether. I’ll wake up, feel great, pour a cup of coffee and within minutes feel comparatively shitty. It passes, but why crash a bone right off the bat in the morning?
OK, there you go. Dreams—XXX or otherwise—and morning coffee, in the context of resistant starch.
…Oh, and Dave Asprey, call your office.