Fun topic of the day… not.
Or maybe I just felt like rambling again, hahaha you’ll have to wait to find out. Feel free to let me know if you found it useful, interesting or entertaining at all… after you’ve finished reading of course haha.
Anyway, it’s not secret I’m an anxiety sufferer and like many other sufferers I have also experienced insomnia. Large amounts of stress and anxiety tend to inspire such bouts of sleeplessness, thus ‘insomnia’.
It’s lovely, yet again not. Catching on to a theme are we 😛
I’ve experimented using lavender sprays, drops of herbal mixtures under my tongue, diet changes, exercise increases, meditation and lifestyle changes. Lifestyle changes you may say, I mean only sleep in my room- no other activities there, make your room a peaceful place (only happy things around you), no technology 4 hours prior to set bedtime. That’s right, you’ve spotted another one, SET bedtimes. They suck but they are life-savings when it comes to insomnia. By not having them, you are setting yourself up for failure and disturbing your body clock. Your body will naturally do all the work for you, if you have a set wake-up and bed-time, then it will expect thus prepare for these times. For example, supply the body with extra melatonin at bedtime and energy/adrenaline at wake-up times- feel free to correct me…
I wish I could say I’m wrong. I love having all-nights, crazy parties and binge-writing during my inspirational hours between midnight and 5am. I mean LOOOOOVE it but sleep wins out. I love sleep too. Today is day 3 of minimal sleep. Whether it’s due to rising tension for the impending arrival of my final university marks, the last I will ever receive before I graduate.. not to be released until the 2nd of December, 3 weeks away exactly…
Noooo, I’m not counting…. -looks left, looks right-… -shrugs shoulders-.
Or it could be the fact that for the last two weeks, since completing my last EVER university term I have had time to get back to my old exercise regime…. or well as close as possible post-car crash. Almost one year later and 5 days until my 21st. I’ve been feeling better, despite daily migraines, muscle tension and nerve, thank-you car crash!
March on people, set bedtimes and wait your body to adapt to my new body clock times. Set bedtimes and wake-up times people= good sleep times 🙂
Exercise is not a cure but it’s a great way to cope with fatigue, stress and anxiety. Stress less and try meditation and yoga.
I did and I had the best nap ever, I also had no muscle soreness or tension for 3 hours afterwards 😀 Reppin’ the Hot Yoga at Fitness First Gyms and their amazing meditation class 😛 try it peeps, if you can’t find relaxation yourself find it elsewhere. Cynical attitudes get you know where, you can’t except progress by not changing methods that don’t work. Change=adaption= progression=success
Try and if you don’t succeed, try again… sometimes you may just need to take a detour, or a different route… maybe you’ll even find a better solution around another corner.
Anyway, I’ve been attempting 4hours of low cardio a day(20km walk), weights (leg press, shoulder press, chest press, assisted chin-ups, shoulder pulls and row pulls) and floor work exercises (squats,lunges, crunches, planks, burpees, deadlifts and leg lifts). 30 min sessions of Weights 1-3 times a week with a personal trainer, or a session of Intense Cardio interval training in replacement (Stepper, Treadmill, Bike, Elliptical, Rowing machine and Floor work). Pays the Daily 4+ hours of cardio and floor work exercises, not to mention the interval training I often add onto that or do instead of the low cardio, up to or over 20km.
You see at first when I finished my last university semester I was relieved, now I feel off- usually only at night though. During the day I am extremely happy. I mean I wake-up daily at 5-6am now, instead of 8-10am previously or lunchtime if I had a choice- depending on university schedule. I’ve also had more time to work-out, I’ve chosen to take time off university and work at the moment to find myself again, away from stress.
So I’ve been doing lots of exercise. It starts off the 3 PT sessions a week, plus 4 hours of walking every second day. Then it progressed to 4 hours of walking every day, some of which included high intensity cardio or interval training on the bike or treadmill onto to the 3 weekly PT sessions, then including floor work. So over the last four days, that’s 4 hours of cardio at least per day… more than 63 kilometres, also over 120 burpees, and 4 minutes of planks etc.
I’ve suddenly either had so much energy, probably from all the exercise-induced endorphins and adrenaline. Also I once again have an appetite and thirst, it could be due to less stress or just exercise-induced. When I say energy I mean the equivalent to a child have has never had sugar and you give him a whole year’s worth of chocolate in one sitting, Yeah… now you understand. Then the next second, SMACK… horrible, blinding migraine and so exhausted I’m falling asleep whilst standing up.
So of course, things like what happened 2 days ago happen. It was 3pm, I’d had a big day-done lots of exercise, almost passed out whilst standing up—many, oh many times. Thus I took the liberty to guess I would sleep straight through to morning, I’d eaten my 6 daily servings of healthy food and drank plenty of water… so why not. Then four hours later at 8pm, I wake up starving and thirsty… thanks exercise. Loving the energy but not crazy adrenaline, the muscle pain, post-crash nerve pain and exhaustion… then of course insomnia.
You can guess what happened next, no more sleep for me until the next night … except by then after so much exercise yet again. I’m only energetic by bedtime, not tired … of course. My muscles are sore and tight, so I think… I just wait it out, I don’t want to toss and turn too much. Next thing I know 2 hours sleep
Tight muscles= no comfort, trouble breathing and uncomfortable sleeping unless you’re so exhausted you pass out but you could be like me and get overtired, becoming a energetic mess then angry insomniac.
Point being, exercise can cause stress… it can cause sleeplessness… which worsens stress and anxiety. It’s one great big cycle. Use exercise to reduce stress and anxiety, increasing fitness, BONUS!
Exercise increased fitness and energy… then sleeplessness—>stress and anxiety.
What to do, what to do?
March on, set bedtimes and wait for my body to adapt to my new body clock times. Set bedtimes and wake-up times people= good sleep times 🙂
Good luck all