Sleepy after working out

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    Jul 22, 2012 4:15 PM GMT
    I have no trouble falling asleep after exercising. I can do just weight-lifting, or just cardio, or both... yet at the end of each workout I arrive home and immediately I feel sleepy.

    Does anyone else experience this? Should I be concerned?
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    Jul 22, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
    if anything, it is probably nutritional. do you take any nitric oxide pre workouts? do you use caffiene to fuel pre workout? do you eat calorie dense foods/supps post workout? how is your blood sugar? do you properly hydrate during and post workout?etc

    as you can see alot more info is needed to determine the cause of the lethargy. and even more to determine whether or not it is concerning.

    try adding a few examples of pre during and post workout nutrition,supps. i will certainly try and help and there are lots of knowledgable peeps around.

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    Jul 22, 2012 5:58 PM GMT
    I actually experience the exact opposite. I've had to avoid late night workouts because I can't fall asleep until early morning.
  • neon4u

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    Jul 22, 2012 5:58 PM GMT
    Hmm... I feel just the opposite. When I get home after a workout or run I'm totally exhilarated and feel great. Now late at night I do get tired and am ready for bed but not immediately after the workout.

    You might try fueling up before a workout and after.
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    Jul 22, 2012 6:00 PM GMT
    I get horny after working out. :S
    Sucks because single and ya...also it's in the morning when nobody is up anywayss
  • tnbxrbrief

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    Jul 22, 2012 6:10 PM GMT
    The exact thing happens to me. I want to sleep after a workout. I can't do early morning workouts because of that.
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    Jul 22, 2012 6:16 PM GMT
    Hah. Ok, it's not just me. It's my crutch for getting my sleep schedule on track after a vacation.

    I am probably aggravating my situation by cutting back on carbs to loose weight...
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    Jul 22, 2012 6:17 PM GMT
    I take a nap at some point after my workout.
  • tuffguyndc

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    Jul 22, 2012 6:18 PM GMT
    no not me, i am usually good to go for at least 3 to 4 hours. what do you eat after workout. when i am done with my workouts. i am usually tired but tired from the workout. mentally i am good to go
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    Jul 22, 2012 6:29 PM GMT
    The body's natural response is to want to rest after exertion. I find this especially true after my leg workouts.

    Check your water intake, post workout. Despite drinking water throughout my workouts, I still need to drink water post workout, otherwise I feel a bit lethargic. Especially after a leg workout.
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    Jul 22, 2012 6:30 PM GMT
    i am sleepy after eating icon_razz.gif
  • Havasu

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    Jul 22, 2012 6:56 PM GMT
    B12 deficiency? Just a guess.
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    Jul 22, 2012 7:51 PM GMT
    If I used a pre-workout and gave it my all in the gym, I experience post workout fatigue. But I just eat and take vitamins and it remedies itself for the most part.
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    Jul 22, 2012 8:11 PM GMT
    Honestly that seems really odd. Don't think it's dangerous, could just be how your body responds to extreme exertion. Next time you are in for your yearly physical, mention it to your doctor.

    For me, it is completely opposite. I feel totaly energized. (And horny...which is really even stranger, no?)

    Tristan
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 22, 2012 8:37 PM GMT
    Agree with some of the guys above, workouts relax, yet also energize and wake me up!

    It`s natural for the body to want rest after exercise. Do you sleep well generally, have a good night`s sleep? It sounds like you might want to look into that.
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    Jul 22, 2012 8:49 PM GMT
    Thanks everybody...

    If I workout in the morning, I drink a cup coffee before I exercise... however I do not consume anything prior to an evening workout.

    I constantly hydrate myself as I exercise.

    After lifting, I would drink a protein shake. After a cardio workout, I just drink lots of fluids.

    I just had my physical, so I can find out what my blood sugar level is... though my doctor went over my blood work with me and he did not find anything out of the ordinary to be concerned about (except for my cholesterol which was borderline high). In hindsight I should have brought this issue up with him then.

    In general, I tend not to eat dinner if I'm not hungry, though I pretty much nibble on foods throughout the day; fruits, bagel, chips from the vending maching. I always eat breakfast (oatmeal and a bagel/roll). I always eat lunch (chipotle, burger king, deli sandwiches... anything quick).

    Question... my B12 maybe low? I should increase my carb intake??

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    Jul 22, 2012 8:53 PM GMT
    Lincsbear saidAgree with some of the guys above, workouts relax, yet also energize and wake me up!

    It`s natural for the body to want rest after exercise. Do you sleep well generally, have a good night`s sleep? It sounds like you might want to look into that.


    coincidentally, I am scheduled to go to a sleep clinic because I snore really loud.

    I almost never get a good night's sleep; I usually get up to relieve myself, and my cat also wakes me up each night for his 3AM feedings.
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    Jul 22, 2012 8:55 PM GMT
    yo_mamali said
    I almost never get a good night's sleep; I usually get up to relieve myself, and my cat also wakes me up each night for his 3AM feedings.

    Have you tried feeding your 4-legged friend before you go to bed?
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    Jul 23, 2012 12:18 PM GMT
    RobertF64, hahaa... yes I do. I usually call it a night around 11-12. Maybe I am not feeding him enough. My cat is overweight and my vet wants me to get him to drop weight.

    I never considered my sleep habits as contributing to my post-workout lethargy. I do not feel tired during the work day (I have a desk job) and I have no problems getting up in the mornings. I know that after exercising, regardless of when I exercise, my body is pooped and my mind is telling me to get some nap time in.
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    Jul 23, 2012 12:28 PM GMT
    I think it might be a sleep issue.

    I did my intense/heavy lift workout this morning - got up at 0500 prep my pre- and post- workout drinks, and my weak coffee:water:salt:sugar hydration mix, off to the gym by 0600, completed workout at 0730, and right now at 0830 it's all I can do to keep from climbing into bed for a few hours.

    That's after getting to bed last night at 0030 (12:30am) though. Had I set up my pre-/post- workout mixes the night before and gotten to bed at 2200 (10pm) last night, I likely would be energized and possibly trolling Grindr or Scruff for a horny bottom to fuck, lol...