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Old 04-30-07, 03:13 PM   #1
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Trouble Sleeping

Does anybody find that sleep comes more difficultly if they ride in the late afternoon? I put in 20-30 miles most days, more on the weekends, and have noticed a tough time getting to sleep. I don't know if this is just some sort of insomnia, or if it is related to late day training. Everything I have read says that getting 8 hours is pretty important for your body, but I am lucky to get 5 by the time the alarm goes off. Now, that being said, I am not necessarily feeling unrested, but I want to make sure that I am getting the proper amount of rest.

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Old 04-30-07, 04:24 PM   #2
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I have this problem myself. I'm finding a lot of it can be avoided by cutting all caffeine intake after lunch. Otherwise, you can try melatonin and a ZMA suppement. Many bouts of insomnia are caused by a zinc/magnesium deficiency. Valerian root has success for some also. Lastly there are medical drug routes, but try the others first.
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Old 04-30-07, 07:39 PM   #3
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I sleep better after riding in the evening. Recovery drink, hydration, good meal afterwards. If my legs are really sore, sometimes that will keep me awake. There is an inhalable "supplement" that helps with that. Some people say 7 hours is perfect. 5 is probably not enough.

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Quite the opposite ... the later I ride, the better I sleep. In the winter, I usually do my trainer rides at 10 or 11 pm, and then I'm in bed around midnight. In the summer, I have to do my rides a bit earlier if I want to ride outside in the daylight, but even so, I'll often do my rides as the sun is setting.

I get about 6 hours of very deep sleep a night. I'd be happier with 7 hours a night, but that's not going to happen. I don't have time for sleep!
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Thanks for the feedback! Maybe I need to check in to some of the items that aikigregg suggested. One of the issues is that my wife snores ever so quietly, just enough to keep me awake!! Thanks for the additional comment Carbonfiberboy, sleeping didn't used to be an issue.....

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Thanks for the feedback! Maybe I need to check in to some of the items that aikigregg suggested. One of the issues is that my wife snores ever so quietly, just enough to keep me awake!! Thanks for the additional comment Carbonfiberboy, sleeping didn't used to be an issue.....

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I've been having a bit of trouble lately as well... and come to think of it, it started more around the time I kicked up the miles since we've had some good weather. Been riding 6 days a week, and having issues falling asleep and/or staying asleep. Tried some camomille (sp?) tea and melantonin, no luck.

And also, anyone having issues with legs feeling all knotted up, right about the time you lay down for night? Not spasms but like knots. After rides they are fine, they are fine all day until I go to lay down then ugh. That doesn't help my sleeping.
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And also, anyone having issues with legs feeling all knotted up, right about the time you lay down for night? Not spasms but like knots. After rides they are fine, they are fine all day until I go to lay down then ugh. That doesn't help my sleeping.
Could be restless leg syndrome, they have effective drugs for that now.
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And also, anyone having issues with legs feeling all knotted up, right about the time you lay down for night? Not spasms but like knots. After rides they are fine, they are fine all day until I go to lay down then ugh. That doesn't help my sleeping.
Mine cramp at night if I haven't been drinking enough during the day ... or if my main beverage was coffee. It's a good incentive to get my 8 glasses of water a day!
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