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Old 04-14-2010, 04:39 AM   #1
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Sleep!! Or.. Can't Sleep!

Hi. I've never been a deep sleeper.

Since I've been doing CrossFit (1.5+ years), I sleep even less! Especially after an intense evening workout. My body is so high on endorphins (I believe), that it's difficult to fall asleep, and stay asleep.

Anyone else? Thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks!
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Old 04-14-2010, 05:09 AM   #2
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Re: Sleep!! Or.. Can't Sleep!

I guess it depends on your schedule... Thats one of the reason my work out times are 4-6 AM, I get those benefits all day, but thats not for everyone.
My wife is definatly NOT a morning person and it really chaps her that I come home at 6-6:15 am and shes just dragging out of bed and I'm pumped, excited and full of the stuff!
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Old 04-14-2010, 06:28 AM   #3
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Re: Sleep!! Or.. Can't Sleep!

Don't workout within about 4-6 hours before bed if you can help it

Pitchblack dark room

no electronic devices if possible

supplements? ZMA works for some, melatonin, phosphatildylserine, etc.

There's lots of stuff you can do. Take a rest week may be it...
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Old 04-14-2010, 06:33 AM   #4
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Re: Sleep!! Or.. Can't Sleep!

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Anyone else? Thoughts or suggestions?
Workout earlier in the day
No TV, computers, etc. in the evening
Magnesium and vitamin D supplementation

Hmm, pretty much what Steven says.
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Old 04-14-2010, 07:00 AM   #5
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Re: Sleep!! Or.. Can't Sleep!

I had issues sleeping for a whole year from stress(deployment) and then I would get anxious when I go to bed about if I'm going to fall asleep or not unless I'm drop dead tired. I started taking natural calm and, believe me, I got calm. It helped alot to regulate my sleep and now I rarely need it. I can train at 830 PM and be knocked out at 10:00 if need be. But yeah, everything everybody else said.
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Old 04-14-2010, 07:09 AM   #6
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Re: Sleep!! Or.. Can't Sleep!

Baisically the only solution would be to move your workout time earlier or you bed time later. If not, an option that works for me is ice baths (or just cold baths) it can help circulation and help jump start the muscle recovery process (this is debatable between hot soak vs. cold soak, cold works best for me) Also idk if you take anything but low doses of melatonin (3-5mg) Will help your body raise its seratonin levels, and ZMA (Zinc monomethionine aspartate and Magnesium Aspartate) Can help with muscle recovery also. (again debatable but...what isnt ) Anyway this stuff helps me when i cant sleep.
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Old 04-14-2010, 02:35 PM   #7
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Re: Sleep!! Or.. Can't Sleep!

Reading helps me and no computer 1 hour or so before I lay down.

Sex helps as well.
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Old 04-14-2010, 04:30 PM   #8
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Re: Sleep!! Or.. Can't Sleep!

have your thyroid checked for hyper hormone production and
stop working out in the evening. its not related to opiate production in the brain, its most likely adrenaline that can be cutting your sleep. And yes, thyroid influences that hormone too.
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Old 04-14-2010, 09:26 PM   #9
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Re: Sleep!! Or.. Can't Sleep!

Thanks for the replies. I have always worked out in the early evenings and no matter how hard I have tried, have not been able to do morning WODs consistently. Also, when I train hard in the AM, I'm HUNGRY all day!! I know, whine whine whine.

I have natural calm. Maybe i need to take more? And I will try the supplements. Thanks!

Jamie? Uh, yeah. It does!
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Old 04-15-2010, 01:04 AM   #10
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Re: Sleep!! Or.. Can't Sleep!

Well, not having enough sleep doesn't seem to be having a negative affect on your physique, that's for sure. Imagine if you were getting some real sleep!
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