[CQ-Contest] Sleep deprivation

TOMK5RC at aol.com TOMK5RC at aol.com
Fri Dec 3 16:17:36 EST 1999

Eating carbohydrates causes blood sugars to rise and then fall. Those who 
tend toward hypoglycemia, have radical falls that cause extreme fatigue and 
even light headed-ness. For most, the dissipating carbos is what causes the 

Contest food should be high in protein (meat, cheese, nuts) and very low in 
carbs. This keeps you pretty stable. The downside is going too far on 
limiting carbs and putting yourself into ketosis. That can give you raging 
headaches and leg cramps. The solution is to drink lots of water, which, of 
course, leads to another problem during contests.

I don't know how we successfully contested for so many years on chocolate 
chip cookies, candy and tacos!

Tom, K5RC

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