Not sleeping well after working out/exercising..

  • Import

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    Feb 12, 2014 11:48 PM GMT
    I exercise about 5 times a week.
    I'm pretty consistent. I'm by no means am body building or lifting weights, rather I run about 3 miles a day in addition to pull-ups, and push-ups.

    My goal is not to shred or necessarily bulk up either. Rather it's to maintain good physical and mental health. To have a strong heart, good blood-pressure, low blood-sugar, etc. Just all around good physical health.

    However, I notice on the days I exercise I almost ALWAYS have a poor night's sleep. I don't get it.
    Some people have suggested i'm overtraining, but I really don't think I am. 3 miles a day and 30 pushups and 30 pull-ups doesn't seem like over-training to me. Especially, since I've been doing this for years. My body is well-conditioned for this at this point. Also, I am exercising aroung 5:30pm and am going to bed between 11 and 12pm, so that should be plenty of time for my body to wind-down.

    This is not a new development, I've been having trouble sleeping after exercising for years now and it's really starting to piss me off.
    I notice on my "off" days I sleep just fine that night. In fact, I sleep like the dead.

    I have taken breaks from exercising just so I can catch up on sleep. Just recently I took an entire week off exercising and guess what? My sleep pattern dramatically improved.

    I'm really at a loss as to why this happens. I've tried googling it, but haven't really come up with anything.

    Has anyone experienced this? it's really deterring me from wanting to exercise anymore. I'm like "ugh, this isn't worth me not sleeping"

    anyone have any thoughts?
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    Feb 13, 2014 12:49 AM GMT
    Never had that. I am usually desperate for sleep after going to the gym. On leg day I often fall asleep on the sofa about 9pm :O
  • Timbales

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    Feb 13, 2014 12:54 AM GMT
    How much time is there between your exercising and when you go to bed?
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    Feb 13, 2014 12:57 AM GMT
    Idk that's a long space between working out and sleeping to still be wired. I only have this problem of I run right before bedtime but if just lifting I sleep fine..maybe try morning workouts
  • Uncharted95

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    Feb 13, 2014 11:25 AM GMT
    Some people say that if you exercise about.. a few hours right before bed, it'll affect your sleeping patterns. :S

    Maybe doing it in the morning will make you a bit more tired in the afternoon?
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    Feb 13, 2014 11:32 AM GMT
    I have the same problem but only when I work out close to when I go to bed.
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    Feb 13, 2014 12:17 PM GMT


    Same with me but I do weight train heavily ,

    btw you'd still be adorable and cute even if weren't doing those workouts Import !
  • starboard5

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    Feb 13, 2014 4:51 PM GMT
    I used to run when I was in my twenties. At one point, I started doing my runs at night. Running in the dark seemed more relaxing; I felt like I loosened up more easily and had better runs. Then I started pushing back the time until I was running after 10pm most nights. What I noticed was that after the run my body would feel completely relaxed and my mind would be very calm, but highly alert. I couldn't sleep. I had to give up night runs.

    I'm no biochemist, but I suspect it must have something to do with the breakdown of norepinephrine and/or endorphins released in the brain. Plus blowing off so much carbon dioxide.

    Anyone else with their two cents?
  • SomeSiciliano...

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    Feb 13, 2014 5:15 PM GMT

    Same problem here. Ideally, I do my 'dry' cardio-intensive workouts in the early morning or early afternoon. On the flip side, my 'wet' cardio (swimming) days actually help me sleep. I can swim laps at 9pm and knock out at 11. My 3 resistance intensive days do not really impact my sleep patterns either way.
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    Feb 13, 2014 5:44 PM GMT
    I guess I'm feeling lucky. I have almost always worked out and swam my laps at night, and I come home - have dinner & hit the sack a few hours later. No problems.
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    Feb 14, 2014 3:28 AM GMT
    Try switching your workouts to the morning or afternoon.
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    Feb 23, 2014 1:31 PM GMT
    I take ZMA right after my workouts which helps with rest. But I still workout at least three hours before bed.