I found that interesting also so I tried looking it up on the web. Here is what I found:
It is interesting to note that vigorous exercise generates natural hormones that are released into your body’s system after you have reached a certain level of physical exertion*. This can be a natural “high” of adrenalin that will keep you on the “up and up” for the whole day! You are also less likely to feel negative and discouraged about yourself or situations you face, as being physically fit and energetic generates a positive state of mind, which when mixed with the power of positive praise is an unbeatable combination for well-being!
Wow, I didn't know that it'll boost your adrenalin for 12 hours after exercise! No wonder! I usually workout for about an hour too. 20 mins is just not enough for me, but maybe I'll try to workout even earlier or just get it over with in the morning before work.
I tend to workout late at night too, or early in the morning, and it will do one of two things totally energies me or knock me out. Usually it energies me. I have been told that if you work out for 20 minutes it will boost your adrenalin for 12 hours. So this could explain something but not everything. Hopefully you can figure it out.
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You may need to work out a little less and give yourself that wider window.. I leave work at 7am and head to the gym but after an hour or more I then head to the food store and pick up a few things, then it's on to home where I do a few chores and getting my shower so that by the time I'm getting to bed it's already close to 11am.. I don't like that at all but it's the way things have to run if I'm to get everything done
p.s....knocking wood here I usually don't have trouble getting to sleep but like everyone else do have days where I spend more time trying than actually sleeping ..but it's a hazard of working midnights :o(
Edited by: JANECAS at: 8/24/2010 (15:58)
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My only caffeine is during lunch and I drink a bottle of cold green tea. So I'm not really sure what's keeping me up. I'm thinking maybe I need a wider window between when I finish my workout and when I go to bed. That's the only thing I can think of. Otherwise, my last resort would be to exercise before going to work....that would mean waking up when it's still dark out!
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That is strange. I sleep like a baby since I'm back at the gym. I workout from about 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and go to bed between 10 and 11. Are you drinking any caffeine? My last caffeine of the day (Diet Coke) is at lunch. I have tonic water and lime for dinner and I think that helps me sleep through the night.
Anyone else having a hard time getting a good night's sleep after working out? I usually end up working out for an hour at around 7pm and head to bed at around 10-11pm. But I end up waking up in the morning and feeling really exhausted, like I haven't slept at all. This doesn't happen to me when I don't workout before bed time. Anyone else experience this? I thought 3-4 hours after my workout is more than enough time for me to get my adrenalin down before I go to bed. Maybe not?
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