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    Unable to sleep after workout

    For the past 2 months I have been working out in the evening (8:00 PM - 9:00 PM) and am finding it difficult to sleep until 2:30 - 3:00 AM. I feel exhausted and tired from the workout but cannot fall asleep no matter how hard I try. Once I fall asleep I sleep without any interruptions for 7-8 hours.

    Late sleeping hours are affecting my schedule and also the time after the workout (9 PM - 3 AM) is spent in an unproductive, tired and sleepless state. Are heavy workouts not supposed to be tiring and sleep inducing ?

    I am going to start using ZMA to see if it helps. Any suggestions as to how to ensure sleep after heavy workouts would be appreciated.
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    Heavy workouts are supposedd to be tiring. But that's it. You place a lot of stress on the body, so it is probably more alert. Do you eat after your workout? If you don't, do so. Do you have a bedtime routine? Maybe a little pre-sleep yoga to relax you?
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    try taking some benadryl and melatonin. that will knock you out.
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    Train at a different time. I had that same problem and I had to change my training time to early evening (and at one point early morning). Don't take supplements to combat an issue that you can resolve by changing your training time.
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    Originally Posted by snowstorm View Post
    For the past 2 months I have been working out in the evening (8:00 PM - 9:00 PM) and am finding it difficult to sleep until 2:30 - 3:00 AM. I feel exhausted and tired from the workout but cannot fall asleep no matter how hard I try. Once I fall asleep I sleep without any interruptions for 7-8 hours.

    Late sleeping hours are affecting my schedule and also the time after the workout (9 PM - 3 AM) is spent in an unproductive, tired and sleepless state. Are heavy workouts not supposed to be tiring and sleep inducing ?

    I am going to start using ZMA to see if it helps. Any suggestions as to how to ensure sleep after heavy workouts would be appreciated.
    I have taken ZMA and it only mildly helps. I workout after work...and get home around 9ish...and it has affected my sleep. Not hard to fall asleep, but hard to stay asleep all night. I'd suggest moving your workout to before work...get to bed earlier. I say this, meanwhile back at the ranch...I do not do this myself. But, lemme know how you like it. lol Seriously...switching the time you workout might help. If you are pairing cardio and weights together, maybe shift at least one of the two to mornings, and your evening w/outs will be shorter. Might help. I've read that it's not good to w/out within 2 hours of bed time...so, that most likely is the problem. Even though we're tired out, our bodies still need to unwind before bed.

    Good luck to you! Losing sleep sux.
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    I'm the exact same way. When I was younger I could train late at night and go home and sleep like a baby.

    I can't workout after about 7pm. Otherwise, I'm up all night. Nighttime is for your body slowing down and getting into that 'sleepy' state. Cortisol lowers and all that. A hardcore workout revs up the cortisol, making it difficult to sleep.

    Can you change the time you workout to earlier in the day?
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    I have a similar problem too. I have a young son, I am not able to work out before I had to my job, and once I get home from work, I have to tend to the house/family and the only time I get to go is after everyone is in bed (after 9ish). My body is exhausted but my head is racing. I know it probably won't work for everyone, but I watch boring TV. I am learning a lot about history and science LoL! The monotonous voices and the dull topics usually put me right to sleep!
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