I can't sleep after working out!!??

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    May 16, 2011 10:29 PM GMT
    This happens after either strength training, endurance, or cardio. I have a set schedule on how I do things and I've worked through this problem, but currently Im taking a physical conditioning summer class at school and it's thrown off my whole routine. I work third shift so I'm usually in bed by 7am. My class is at 1pm so Im up and awake by 12pm. This class is Monday-Thursday from 1 to 2:40. I can go on 5 hours of sleep for a while but it eventually catches up with me. Ive been laying down around 5pm to take a 1.5 to 2 hour nap, BUT I CANT FALL ASLEEP! I will doze off but sometimes I jerk awake... like a spasm. And then I go to work again at midnight and after a few days of this 5 hours of sleep thing I feel exhausted. And when I lay down, it's not like I'm forcing myself to nap... I actually am really tired and often feel like it would be really easy to drift off.

    Does anyone else have this problem, or any tips? Or maybe Im just shit out of luck?! LOL, thanks for reading.
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    May 16, 2011 10:40 PM GMT
    Are you taking supplements that provide extra energy for your workouts?
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    May 16, 2011 10:42 PM GMT
    I have creatine that I take with my normal routine... But I haven't been taking it with this new schedule so it's had no effect..
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    May 16, 2011 10:49 PM GMT
    Just an idea: Try skipping the nap on class days, then catch up on sleep over the weekends.
    It sounds like the beginning stages of chronic fatigue, which I've had numerous times...especially during college.
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    May 16, 2011 10:54 PM GMT
    lol skipping the nap is basically what I've been doing anyways since I can't fall asleep.. It just makes for a looong, tired night at work. Thanks for your responses.
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    May 17, 2011 12:07 AM GMT
    i can't sleep for shit if i do anything within a few hours of going to sleep. exercise makes you alert is all. i run for a half hour there's no wayyyy i'm going to sleep for quite awhile. just have to do it earlier in the day or maybe your overall tension/anxiety or w/e is just up there as it is and you might just need to relax more in general.
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    May 17, 2011 1:05 AM GMT
    After a workout, all I want to do is fall asleep but I need to work. By the time I get home, I'm wide awake. If and when I am able to get some sleep, valerian root and melatonin help a bit.
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    May 17, 2011 1:12 AM GMT
    I have found the best way to get rest is that when my body is tired, I sleep. If I get sleepy at the office, I will close the door, turn off the lights, hold my calls and get 10-15 minutes of sleep and then my body is rejuvenated. Little catnaps when your body asks for it are the bomb.
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    May 17, 2011 2:38 AM GMT
    Alpha_Muscle saidI have found the best way to get rest is that when my body is tired, I sleep. If I get sleepy at the office, I will close the door, turn off the lights, hold my calls and get 10-15 minutes of sleep and then my body is rejuvenated. Little catnaps when your body asks for it are the bomb.
    During one of my chronic fatigue spells, I literally fell asleep while piloting the plane. Fortunately the cockpit is open, so the rush of wind from diving at the ground woke me up in time to recover from the dive before going splat. icon_lol.gif
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    May 17, 2011 5:05 AM GMT
    Exercise has different effects on different people, but it sounds like your body is getting stimulated from the exercise. In exercising, you are awakening your body by getting your heart rate up, getting your mind turned on, and getting your muscles worked up. It takes a while for all of these things to settle down, which could explain the reason why you are having troubles falling asleep shortly after a workout. Exercise also increases your body rate, which also makes it harder to sleep (note that it's probably easier for you to sleep when it is cold than when it is hot) and makes your body more alert, as well.

    For the typical person, a late afternoon or early evening workout is best. At this time, your workout increases your body temperature for a few hours, and after a while it starts to drop. The drop in body temperature guides your body into "sleep mode." You said you have the late shift for work, so I don't know what your sleeping hours typically are, but try to adjust your workout so that you are done about three or four hours before you go to bed.

    You could also try some sort of mediation or yoga about an hour or a half hour before you go to bed. This will also help to slow your body down and ease it into the transition for sleep mode.

  • May 17, 2011 7:12 AM GMT
    Exercise tends to stimulate the body 2-3 hours after exercise and can make it very difficult to fall asleep, however after about 3 hours the body has rushed off the mild fight-flight response intense exercise induces, and can allow you to sleep easier.
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    May 17, 2011 7:31 AM GMT
    I have the same problem. I go to the gym around 9pm and then I can't fall asleep until 1-2am. Working out earlier is not an option. Every time I go to the gym, my sleep schedule is disturbed and I'm tired for days. icon_confused.gif