September 29 2009
Wierd Sleep Patterns
Q: I’ve been like crazy tired but yet in the morning I get up before the alarm. So I don’t know if I need some iron or what or if it’s normal. Like mentally strong but feel tired but then I feel it’s hard to sleep. Just wondering if you had any ideas?? I usually try to stop caffeine after 2:30.
A: Thank you for your question. This is a great question and very normal when you are under going such an intense exercise/nutritional program. The good news is your body is on a program and knows when it is time to get up and get goign! Also, this is a great sign that your body is kicked into gear! Your adrenaline is going because you are excited about your new lifestyle and body and most of all your metabolism is revved up! Your body is a machine and is on fire, literally, so sometimes this can cause lack of sleep or a change in your sleeping patterns.
There are a few things you can do.
I often recommend a supplement called “Lean Dreams” which can help you get a better nights sleep. There are a few other supplements that may help with this, including ZMA, which is know to help with sleeping.
I often will drink a bedtime tea, before heading off to bed. There are some that are meant to help you get a goodnight sleep and also just the soothing warmth of the tea helps relax you! Try Celestial Seasoning’s Sleepytime tea!
MEDITATION OR SOFT MUSIC:
We are so go go go, espeically with work, our daily lives and of course adding on show preps or following a dietary/workout program. It is important to learn how to shut things down. Your mind is constantly going. Not only your mind but your body. Physically you are always using energy. Think about it. From the moment you wake up to the moment you put your head down, you are either working out, doing cardio, running errands, working AND most of all, When you are on a program, your mind is constantly thinking… what and when do I need to eat next? how much cardio do I have to do? what kind of cardio am I going to do?, i need to go grocery shopping, thinking about tomorrow, thinking about everything that you have to do prior to the weekend, etc… Your mind is ALWAYS on the GO! It is important to learn how to shut things down, not only physically but mentally. This may help you with your sleeping.
Try 5 minutes of meditation, every night. It may take you a while to learn how to shut things down but after a few weeks, you will learn to focus on nothing. Try this… go in a quite room with good/positive energy. Maybe even make a alter of flowers, candles, etc. Put on some mediation music and just sit there with your eyes closed for 5 minutes. Learn to just be and breath. If you are not into the whole mediation… just put on soothing music and allow your mind and body to relax. Try this and see if this helps relax you and get a better night’s sleep.
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