Find yourself unable to sleep at night after grueling exercise sessions? Consider this when insomnia kicks in!
We all know that exercise is a good thing, but you do need to be careful not to get carried away to the point of overtraining. Overtraining may occur when your body’s ability to adapt to exercise is overcome by intense training sessions with insufficient recovery between sessions.
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Overtraining can cause all sorts of physical and psychological changes, including insomnia. Other symptoms include mood changes, lack of motivation, irritability, loss of appetite and impaired performance during workouts.
It does all depend on the person, but if you’re training hard and you feel exhausted all the time, you may need to consider your training intensity relative to your rest periods. For example, if you’re doing hour-long sessions, six times a week, experiment by altering the training variables. Try cutting back the length of your workout, the number of days, or lowering the intensity.
Also consider your diet. Caffeine affects everyone differently, but if you’re sensitive to it, that late after noon cup of coffee might be keeping you up at night. Other caffeine-containing drinks include tea and soft drinks.
If you’re still having trouble sleeping, I’d advise you to contact your physician.