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Physiology question - tangentially biking related(3 posts)

Physiology question - tangentially biking relatedCaseysdad
Feb 10, 2003 9:19 AM
During the night following days when I've had a hard ride or other particularly intense type of workout, I often wake up with what I can only describe as a "hot flash". Specifically, my body temperature appears to spike and I wake up dripping in sweat. This generally lasts for less than an hour, after which I don't have any problems falling back to sleep and resting soundly. What's strange is that this has happened both on days when I've ridden during the early/mid moring and on days with afternoon or early evening workouts. This translates to a gap of anywhere between six and twelve hours between the end of my ride/workout and waking up with this weird temperature spike. It only tends to happen after particularly intense efforts and doesn't appear to be affected by when/how much I've eaten and/or re-hydrated. I'm 34 years old, exercise/ride regularly and am in pretty good shape, so even intense workouts aren't anything that my body shouldn't be accustomed to.

Does anyone else experience anything similar to this or have insights regarding what could be causing it? I've considered this to be little more than a minor annoyance, though if it's an indicator of a potential problem or a sign that I'm doing something wrong, I definitely want to pay attention and make any necessary changes.
re: Physiology question - tangentially biking relatedJon Billheimer
Feb 10, 2003 9:24 AM
This is one of the strangest things I've heard of. Consult your doctor. Also an exercise physiologist if you have a university near you.
re: Physiology question - tangentially biking relatedRom12_1
Feb 10, 2003 9:29 AM
How long has this been happening? You should get a check up from your doctor. Occasionally, night sweats can be associated with serious health problems. If you've had them a long, long time that's less likely. Still, I would get checked out to be sure.