Back to the gym - insomnia

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    Feb 22, 2012 12:31 AM GMT
    A weird thing happened when I started back in to the gym this week after taking some time off.

    I found that at night, I can't sleep. I'm tired, but it's like all my muscles are waking up after being asleep for 3 months and I can't lie still or fall asleep.

    Anybody else find they have insomnia after taking a break and going back at it?

    Any good non-drug insomnia cures?

    I'm also worried that I may not be eating enough because I tried to change my diet and think i ate too little because I got a bad headache.

    I find it hard to get the diet right because I want to lose fat, gain muscle and eat enough of the right stuff and none of the bad stuff.

    Any thoughts guys?

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    Feb 22, 2012 12:45 AM GMT
    What time did you go to the gym?

    Different people react in different ways. Some people do best when they go in the morning. Others do better when they go in the afternoon. Most can't go at night because it wakes them up too much.
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    Feb 22, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
    I went first thing in the morning but by the end of the day, I was sore - not overly sore - like I overdid it, but sore like I had done a lot more work than I had in months. Seemed to get worse as I went to bed.

    If I had known I was going to be up all night, might have taken a hot bath or something to try to relax.
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    Feb 22, 2012 3:24 AM GMT
    Are you taking any supplements? Those could keep you awake.
    Try drinking some chamomile tea a couple of hours before going to bed.
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    Feb 22, 2012 3:44 AM GMT
    I think something similar happened last night...
    After a trainer session, came home and didn't think 6PM was a good time to go to sleep.
    Propped myself up 'till 11 PM. Ok, now its time for bed.
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    Insomnia.
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    Feb 22, 2012 3:46 AM GMT
    I'm not sure I understand the problem. Are you awake because you aren't ready to fall asleep or are you awake because you're too sore?

    If I don't go to sleep when I'm tired, I can get a "second wind" and be awake all night. You have to listen to your body and know when you need to sleep. Adjust the rest of your schedule accordingly, if possible.
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    Feb 22, 2012 5:10 AM GMT
    Hormone release. Your body is likely increasing its cortisol which can sometimes cause temporary insomnia if levels spike around bedtime. I used to get it for the first couple of weeks of intense work outs until my body got used to it. It would suck because I would be so groggy during the day. Try taking a multi-vitamin in the mornings and take a warm bath or shower about 1-2 hours before bed.
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    Feb 22, 2012 5:21 AM GMT
    I think that, over time, you're actually likely to find that the exercise helps regulate your sleep cycles... once you find the right time-of-day for your body and stick to it, more or less.
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    Feb 22, 2012 8:16 AM GMT
    Stretch before you go to sleep. It helps relax your body and you will fall asleep. Works for me everytime, especially after a hard workout.
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    Feb 22, 2012 10:25 AM GMT
    Don't take Ambien. That shit fucked me up so bad I'll never touch it again. Made me into a complete raving lunatic.
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    Feb 22, 2012 10:37 AM GMT
    I'm no expert, but...

    Getting the diet right may be the key. If I eat too little, then my stomach is growling by bedtime and I can't sleep.

    Try snacking on a handful of almonds - or even better some cottage cheese right before you are ready to go to sleep.

    The cottage cheese is great because it's a slow digesting protein and will help with muscle recovery while you sleep.

    Give your body a few days to adjust to the new routine. Sometimes that's the key, too. You've shocked your body and it's mad at you, but it will get over it and thank you soon enough.icon_biggrin.gif

    Good luck to you... icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 22, 2012 10:44 PM GMT
    Thanks, guys for all the great advice.

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    Feb 23, 2012 12:59 AM GMT
    westcoastguy000 saidAny good non-drug insomnia cures?
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    Feb 23, 2012 1:07 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    westcoastguy000 saidAny good non-drug insomnia cures?
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    Haha ya that is a good one.
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    Feb 26, 2012 2:25 AM GMT
    Get BulletProof by MusclePharm.

    It helps you to sleep and it helps build muscle while you sleep.

    It's great stuff whether you're having trouble sleeping or not.