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Sleeping Problem After Workout


#1

I’m back to training in MMA and the class runs from 7-9pm. When I get home I try to relax for an hour and a half before going to bed. However, whenever I try going to bed I just toss and turn all night long. Is this something my body needs to get use to with the late workouts. I was training earlier in the day around 4pm and never had any issues. Any tips to make this easier?


#2

Are you eating after the workout?

I just recently figured out that if I eat whole food within 3 hours of bedtime, which I typically don’t, I’m up until about 0500.

Lots of things affect sleep. Have you tried Z-12 or melatonin? I’ve had success with both.


#3

take ZMA you’ll sleep like a baby.


#4

i take a post workout shake mostly protein rich.


#5

Could be nervous system is very fired up, -warm down in the gym like 5 mins cardio on elliptical super light then some stretching. Then watch comedy/stuff that makes you laugh when get home. Great for recovery and health in general anyway.


#6

That sucks, I had the same issue when lifting at night especially on squat or deadlifft day. I had to switch to lifting at lunch or in the AM. I never found a consistent fix. I think like @RampantBadger said, it could just be your CNS is ramped up. ZMA was hit or miss for me at the time (it works wonders otherwise).


#7

to much cortisol…its doing this when im taking pre workout at 4 pm ! cant even sleep at 10


#8

When u find what works, let us know…

I’m gonna try ZMA or Z12 to replace melatonin next payday. Sadly, a fixed income makes it like that. Better than zero income tho for sure :slight_smile:


#9

Z-12 is fantastic, but I normally use ZMA and a thyroid supp (iodral I think it’s called). I get the ZMA from here.


#10

I’m interested in what exactly the thyroid supo is and where I can get it as well as cost? Been thinking something like that would be a good idea.

So you’ve used Z-12 and ZMA both, and prefer ZMA why exactly? I’ve only used ZMA when it first came out. It definitely gave me sound sleep but I thought maybe the Z12 being newer might be better is y i ask…

Thx :slight_smile:


#11

This use to happen to me. Switched to working out in the mornings and haven’t had a problem since.

My hypothesis was that my system was too fired up and it took me 2-3 hours to fall asleep. But when I would squat or deadlift really heavy, I would be able to go to sleep with no problem.


#12



$35 on Amazon.

I wouldn’t say I prefer ZMA. I just typically use ZMA on most days and save Z-12 for days I feel really drained and want to sleep solid as fuck, lol. In which case, I’ll usually use both. There’s some overlap I think, but the formula’s are different.

The iodine sup has been night and day. I’m so glad I started taking it. I wish Biotest would make one with Selenium as well.

*I take 1 tablet a day before bed.


#13

Awesome thanks !


#14

K I just ordered from Amazon. Got some Biotest stuff ordered as well (ZMA & Curcumin). The ZMA I’m already confident with, the rest I’ll give a shot :). Thx again for the info.