Upper 50s. Can you elaborate? Would a rapid resting heart rate indicate overtraining, leading to sleep maintenance issues?[/quote]
Yes, you’re pretty close to my line of thinking with your gues here. An elevation in RHR can indicate that your body is dealing with an acute stressor, including too high of a training load (which can eventually lead to overtraining,) Since we don’t know what your “baseline” RHR is, the number can’t be used that way for us right now.
However, I was thinking more along the lines of using RHR as an indicator of overall nervous system tone. A
high RHR (for a relatively young, healthy person I’d use the cutoff of 60 BPM) can indicate poor aerobic development and high sympathetic tone to their nervous system. These people often feel anxious and have a difficult time falling asleep or maintaining sleep.
While your RHR would not put you in this category, some general recommendations that seem to work in these cases may benefit you as well: 20-40 minutes of low intensity cardio w/ heart rate @ 120-150 BPM 2-3x per week, 10-20 minutes mindfulness meditation before sleep (there are plenty of apps and YouTube videos available to guide you through this), write out your thoughts/ a to do list for the next day before bed, and maintain a regular sleep schedule. Note that the cardio will NOT negatively effect your strength or muscle gains because the intensity is so low.
For more on sleep advice in general, Google Dr. Kirk Parsley. He has appeared on a handful of podcasts that may interest you and maintains his own website dedicated to sleep. [/quote]
This is a good post, an important post.
Unfortunately, I suspect most on this forum will ignore it because the advice given is neither sexy nor will it give immediate results.