The blog of Karol Moroz

198. What Keeps Me Awake During Late Night Hours

Poznań, 2016-06-13 03:39:54 +0200

It’s very late and I can’t sleep. It has happened to me countless times in China. I have always blamed my irregular lifestyle, which was partly the case, but the longer I experiment with my diet, the more I’m inclined to think that the main reason for my insomnia in China was meat and spices. The way I understand Traditional Chinese Medicine, my inability to fall asleep is caused by an overheated liver. When there is too much heat, I toss and turn, I feel hot and sweat a lot, even if the temperature in the room is below the recommended 18 °C.

When I was in China, there was a period of around a month when I couldn’t fall asleep at night. I nearly went crazy, and every night when I couldn’t do anything about that insomnia, I was getting even more nervous. During my nine months in Asia, I lost 5 kg. I was emaciated and unhappy. A friend in Poland kept asking me: “What is it that keeps you awake? Who are you thinking of?” Back then, I ate a lot of meat, because what else is there to eat in China? There were even days when I only got some grilled pork belly and a few veggies for dinner. I’ve met some vegetarians (from the West) in China, but they were rare cases and I treated them like oddities and didn’t pay much attention to them.

This year, after Easter, I decided to quit eating meat for a while, but I kept eating fish and all the other stuff. Since then, I hardly ever experienced any difficulties falling asleep. In the last weeks I also ate an awful lot of veggies and groats. What’s interesting is that with such amounts of fiber in my diet, I got drowsy at 11 p.m. and fell asleep almost immediately.

This weekend I made a mistake and I think I learned my lesson. On Friday evening I ate some salami with fresh pizza at a Buddhist party. The following day, I also ate some pseudo-Chinese stew with chicken, and then a grilled piece of unidentified meat. And tonight… it’s 4 a.m. and I’m still wide awake. This may sound like some crazy vegan propaganda, but really, don’t eat meat. It’s really bad for you.

Oh, gosh. What am I going to do when I go to Kyrgyzstan? There is nothing to eat apart from meat.