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Hard ride then restless sleep - how come?(6 posts)

Hard ride then restless sleep - how come?humbert
May 6, 2002 1:26 PM
I did a hilly ride on Saturday with my heartrate in the 85 to 90% range for maybe a total of an hour of the three hour ride. That night my sleep was restless - I was buzzed - it was not soreness or pain, just a wired feeling that made it hard to sleep for more than an hour at a time. The ride was in the morning and I took it easy the rest of the day. By the time I hit the sack I was exhausted.
I know that over-training is said to cause sleep problems but I am pretty sure I am not overtraining. This ride was tough but can one ride wack your sleep out? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
re: Hard ride then restless sleep - how come?theBreeze
May 6, 2002 7:36 PM
A couple thoughts:
This has happened to me a couple times. After one 65 mile ride with a lot of hard steady climbing my heart rate was still over 85 when I went to bed that night. Looking back I think it may have been dehydration. i drank a lot during the ride, but may not have sufficiently replenished during the remainder of the day.

Now after a LONG ride Sunday with significant hills I fell asleep pretty easy last night, but woke up at 2AM and couldn't get back to sleep. Wide awake for more than two hours. (Of course the hubby's snoring didn't help matters.)

So I would say, yeah a single hard ride can whack out your sleep. Check that you have sufficient fluid replacement. Do you use any "ergogenic aids" that might contain caffeine or other stimulants? It's when you continually experience sleep disturbances that you should be concerned about overtraining.
re: Hard ride then restless sleep - how come?guido
May 6, 2002 8:18 PM
Well, it's still Spring, only a month or so into the season. You probably worked harder than your body was used to, built up lots of lactic acid, possibly got dehydrated, depleted chemical balance, all of which gave you a restless night.

So, yes, one ride can wack your sleep out. I've been there several times. Usually it was dehydration after a hard century (The poor legs aren't used to riding that hard for that long!) and I didn't drink enough afterwards.

Others may have more specifics on what happens physiologically, but that's my .02.

Keep on ridin'!
re: Hard ride then restless sleep - how come?PseuZQ
May 6, 2002 9:49 PM
Don't really have much to offer as a solution, just to say the same has happened to me -- 53 mile ride done briskly (well, for me ;-)) with long climbs and rollers. Twice, after doing the same ride, I had fitful sleep, the kind where I woke up abrubtly, threw off the covers and had to get out of bed and pace a bit I was so restless. I, too, thought I was overtraining. I don't keep a journal of morning RHR so I couldn't really tell. I did take the next day off, though. Long story short, this was a couple months ago. This weekend I did two hard rides back to back (188 miles total) and slept like a baby. In my case I suspect improved fitness may be a contributor. In any case, I have heard references to "race fever" (I'm not a racer) and have read somewhere that sleeping on one's right side may help when heart rate remains elevated, as sleeping on the left exacerbates the thumpityness. (And yes, as far as I know, "thumpityness" is a legitimate medical term.... :-p)
re: Hard ride then restless sleep - how come?humbert
May 7, 2002 5:08 AM
Thanks for your input. I used e-caps ( enduro and race ) that day but these don't contain caffeine. I think that less than full hydration is part of the answer and that this ride was the hardest so far this season. Sounds like the answer is the same one I can use for most situations - more riding and more fluids!
re: Hard ride then restless sleep - how come?RadicalRonPruitt
May 7, 2002 5:15 AM
My wife is always complaining of this.