Training & Nutrition - Trouble Sleeping
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09-30-04, 10:34 AM
Has anyone had any problems sleeping after overtraining close to bedtime?
09-30-04, 11:14 AM
Oh yes!!! This happens to me often after running at night. I like to go out around eight or nine for somewhere between an hour and an hour and a half, and run about twelve or fifteen K. You'd think--after the initial adrenaline rush, my body would realize it's physically worn out,a nd go to sleep. Nooooo...those are the nights when i find myself still up at 4am! "Isn't it ironic". I'm not sure how to get around it and have found that somehow my body manages to catch up on sleep, some other night!
09-30-04, 06:23 PM
Me too. This month my sleep was way off. I went and had a Thai Massage the other day, came home and passed out for the night. It was well worth it, now if I could only afford to go two or three times a week that would be great. :D
09-30-04, 06:32 PM
You mean like drinking five cups of coffee before going to bed?? NO, It just is not done. How do you expect to sleep with your body still running on overtime??
It may not be overtraining as much as just training so close to bedtime. Keep in mind, exercise is a natural endorphin high, and to have that revving up your body so close to bedtime means you won't be getting sleep anytime soon! Consider exercising earlier in the evening so you can give your body the time to calm down after your exercise. And if you need something else, consider a soothing tea like camomile (not sure of the spelling!) tea, and if you like baths, try a epsom salt bath where you can relax the muscles- epsom salt has magnesium in it, which acts as a natural relaxant for the muscles. Just remember... you may become so sleepy you fall asleep in the bath, so do be sure to be careful if you take a bath. A half cup to full cup of epsom salt and a hot water bath is totally the way to go.
09-30-04, 10:24 PM
Yeah yeah yeah, me too. I have a hard time sleeping on the days I do a long ride. And it's not even that I'm sore and the pain is keeping me awake. Actually, it kind of feels like my legs are still spinning. I know I'm tired, but I can't sleep, or else I wake up after a few hours, like around 3am, and wonder when the heck morning's going to come. Weird huh?
Do try out that epsom salt stuff. I tried it and it definitely helped by getting rid of that funny feeling in my legs.
10-01-04, 07:40 AM
uh....life is more demanding than my cycling>>even when i am overdoing it.
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