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Leg aches and sleep(7 posts)

Leg aches and sleepCT5
Aug 19, 2002 9:46 AM
After a long event ride (century, double, etc.), what do you do to stop the leg aches and get a good night's sleep?
re: Leg aches and sleepnetso
Aug 19, 2002 10:04 AM
Hot Bath, Advil and a good meal.
re: Leg aches and sleepliebejungen
Aug 19, 2002 10:08 AM
Leg aches can be tough, and tired muscles can make it hard to sleep.

Here is a good tip was recommended to me by some athletic trainers. Try taking 50mg of Zinc and 500 mg of Magnesium before bed and an empty stomach or nearly empty. This is suppose to allow you to sleep better and facilitates muscular repair. Heavy excersise and seriously depleate these minerals in your body slowing recovery and disrupting the ability to rest properly for recovery.

Note: Do not combine with Calcium, however, since calcium interferes with zinc absorption. (why some nitwits sell it combined together I’ll never know)

I have used this method to help recover from leg injuries and have had chronic hamstring problems that took forever to heal, disappear in a week. It is also supposed to help increase muscle response during exercise and increase output.

I know several people who this has helped, including people with a muscular condition known as Fibromyalgia, which also interferes with sleep.

This should help alot with recovery and help you get better sleep. For it to work, however, you would need to take it consistantly when you are in phases of heavy training. It will not be that helpful if you just try to do it for one day, like after a century.

Might be worth a try for you. Couldn't hurt.

Sorry so long...

re: Leg aches and sleepgrzy
Aug 19, 2002 11:01 AM
Pop a couple Aleave which, unlike IBhopin', lasts for 12 hours.
re: Leg aches and sleeprbb
Aug 19, 2002 11:08 AM
I usually do alot of stretching, some aspercreme or similar sports rub and while applying use deep massage technique on the legs and you'll be asleep in no time!
Good Luck!!
re: Leg aches and sleepdave woof
Aug 19, 2002 2:23 PM
I've had the same problem when training hard - legs really hurt all night long - felt like I need to stretch constantly.

Someone here mentioned a bit of salt in a glass of water - maybe a teaspoon or so before bed. Also, drink a lot of water throughout the day and a big glass at night. You'll have to hit the bathroom at 2:00 am but legs will feel better - it worked for me.

Drain 'emKerry
Aug 19, 2002 5:39 PM
In addition to enough salt and water intake, you can have a significant impact by "draining" your legs a few times. Lie on your back and put your heels up on the wall so your legs are at a 60+ degree angle to your torso. You'll feel the blood draining out of them and you'll feel them trob. Repeat this a few times after your ride (maybe 60 seconds per time) and your legs will feel much better. It has a similar (though not as good) effect to a massage.