My life is virtually stress free. I have symptoms of a problem though…seems stress related. Not sure what it is. Similar to those of overtraining, diabetes, and maybe an electrolyte imbalance. The most noticeable are:
-Waking up 5x/night suddenly with being wide awake (high cortisol/adrenaline, low glucose???)
-Constantly thirsty, especially at night
-Always going to the bathroom, especially at night
-Decreased workout capacity
-Fatigue, wired and tired all day
Training (High intensity type):
Saturday, I warm up thoroughly and do 1 set to failure for squats.
Sunday, I warm up thoroughly and do 1 set to failure for bench & rows.
Monday - Friday, I do no exercise.
That’s it. Very bare bones training. Yet I can’t seem to recover.
I typically eat very well and generally in a mild caloric surpluss… Mostly protein, veggies, fruits, and healthy fats. Every now and then I’ll eat a bowl of oatmeal, make a potato, etc.
Blood tests confirm I don’t have diabetes and all my organs are working efficiently. When I take at least 2 weeks off of training completely, I then notice vast improvements in sleep. I’ve taken a complete month off and noticed that I actually slept 8 hours uninterrupted and felt much better.
My workouts generally take 10 whole minutes each time. Yes. That’s 20 entire minutes each week devoted to some high intensity training. Yet I can’t recover? Can’t be overtraining…It must be under nourishing somehow…I’ve thought it was a lack of salt, lack of magnesium, lack of vitamin D, body is to acidic… all to no avail.
I’ve been thinking: high intensity training depletes the muscles of nearly all muscle glycogen, correct? Does this replenishment period take a large amount of carbohydrates to do? Keto dieters also experience major insomnia issues as well, right? My diet is very high in protein, I assumed excess was converted to glycogen and stored?? Maybe my body is starved for carbohydrates?
I’m wondering if anybody has experienced this before and fixed the underlying problem, whatever it may be. Maybe I just have fatal familial insomnia… By the way, thanks for reading my novel.