Can't sleep after BJJ training  

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Hi Guys

Was wondering if anyone is having issues trying to sleep after bjj training.

My training Mon, Wed, Sat usually starts around 7:30 - :45 pm and will last for about 1 hour to 1hr and 20 minutes depending on the drills. It usually is very high intensity.

I will get home about 20 mins later, have something like banana or chocolate milk shake recovery drink. Then have dinner about 1hr later.

The problem is that I can't seem to fall asleep, it gets really bad as I am awake till about 3:30am - 4am sometimes. Now it is ok as I'm not working but really worried when I start working.

I've tried everything from ZMA ( Zinc Magnesium Vit B6 ) some Blackmores herbal stuff ( valerian ), Cup of hot milk, watching really boring TV shows, reading a book, sex lol

I've been training for 2 months now and this lack of sleep is really making me fatigue the following day.

Anyone experience this ? is this a phase ? should I see a doctor for some prescribed sleeping pills ?

Posted : 04/06/2009 9:43 am
Trusted Member

i had the same problem. wearing myself to the point of fatigue and then fighting through my 2nd and 3rd wind, my body didnt want to sleep at night. also i always get a natural adrenaline rush when i roll and it takes a while for that to wear off. so, what i did was stop going to night classes and i only train in the mornings now.

Posted : 04/06/2009 10:20 am
Illustrious Member Admin

It was a phase for me. Took about 6 months before I stopped staying awake, with my body aching, and my mind spinning at warp 10 with jiu jitsu on the brain 😆 I was just WIRED after every class. But it finally went away.

Posted : 04/06/2009 10:22 am
Trusted Member

I have the same problem- only training 10 months but I get that too. I've started drinking water immediately after training- like a half-gallon if training was heavy. That seems to help.
It seems I'm so adrenalized at the end of the night, I need to eat light, drink a lot of water, and I've even tried some meditation. It's helping.

Posted : 04/06/2009 10:57 am

Sir Chokesalot
Honorable Member

May be BJJ related may not.
Once I hit a certain age I kissed normal sleep goodbye.
Depression, anxiety and many other factors can come in to play

But for me training days are worse as I`m usually more sore than usual.

Sounds like you know its bjj related though.
If that is true I`m pretty sure your body will get tired of this game
eventually and start sleeping again.

Or it will do as mine did and decide there is no reason to sleep when we can
sit and worry about stuff and feel all of our pains while the rest of the house sleeps. You mentioned not working. That to me equels red flag
Good luck and hang in there
Until my body adjusted to not really sleeping I got REAL REAL tired.
But I also find I am able to nap during the day around 2: and I treasure that

Posted : 04/06/2009 12:33 pm
Eminent Member

Have a beer. Cheaper and more natural than any sleeping medication. :thumbsup:

Posted : 04/06/2009 12:43 pm
Prominent Member

the reason why you cannot sleep is because you have an elevated heart rate after BJJ... there is no real way around it besides taking medicine. Sometimes I take advil PM, but i try not to rely on it

Posted : 04/06/2009 1:06 pm
Reputable Member

So. . How long does this elevation last? Even when I finally get to sleep after training I seem to toss and turn throughout the night and don't sleep very well. It even seems like after a rough night without much sleep I still have a little extra spring in my step. Unless I have a limp or something similar lol. .

One thing that I've found that helps is replacing the contents of a swisher cigarillo with a little pakalolo, putting fire and one end and inhaling from the other. It also helps with the lack of appetite I sometimes have after training as well. 😈

Posted : 04/06/2009 1:23 pm

Noble Member

i have the same problem...try unisom or the store bought equivalent. works for me

Posted : 04/06/2009 3:32 pm
Reputable Member

sublingual MELATONIN :thumbsup:

Posted : 04/06/2009 3:33 pm
dirt mcgirt
Noble Member

try cooling down before heading out the gym. stretches, breathing.... yoga. =]

Posted : 04/06/2009 4:40 pm


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