Saturday, September 8, 2012

Much Rest Needed

In addition to the 4 points mentioned by Ryan about improving performance, I'd like to add a 5th:

5. Get a good night's sleep!

I would have thought that after yesterday's very successful CrossFit session I would have slept like a log -- but I barely clocked in 2.5 hours. It was horrible. I just could not get to sleep. I was tired, had no worries, had just had a good day ... why couldn't I sleep. Screw you insomnia!

I was busy doing errands etc. for most of the day but did try to take a nap in the afternoon - I think I dozed for 20 minutes ... definitely not the type of sleep I wanted before going to CrossFit, but oh well. You gotta make do.

I could definitely feel the impact of the lack of sleep on my workouts. We worked on overhead squats - I only managed to get up to 35 kg. I am pretty sure I could have gone up to 40, but my mind wasn't in it and my shoulders were so achy. We also did the split jerks. I got up to 40 kg - tried 45, but failed. Again, I was just fatigued.

Our WOD completely drained me.
4 rounds, 1 min each
- thrusters
- burpees
- pull ups (just did the best I could)
- box jumps
- tire flips (love those!!)

I was totally knackered. I think I could have fallen asleep whenever I hit the floor doing those burpees.

Oh well. I'm just hoping for a good night's sleep tonight before the start of a very long week.


  1. I hate not getting enough sleep when you are exercising, I find a lot of time its because i'm too achey or because did the workout late in the day so all "happy" endorphins are going around your body still. Not good. Hopefully your adjust and manage to get some sleep. Listening to music in bed always helps me

    1. Thanks! It's been an ongoing struggle for me!

  2. Lack of sleep certainly will drain us of our energy AND our motivation. But you're doing such a great job! I hope that sleep found you last night. I suppose you've tried all the deep breathing exercises to relax? Have you tried taking Melatonin? The husband has trouble sleeping and this helps him- though he takes more than one and then, he takes it so late that he has trouble getting up. Men. LOL

    1. I've tried so many different herbs, relaxation techniques, etc. Nothing seems to work except a sleep-inducing medication and I really want to avoid those as much as possible though sometimes I cave in!

  3. I can't believe how much you struggle with insomnia - I'm so sorry! I know if I have a bad few days I'm like a zombie; I used to get by on 4-5 hours, and now I seem to need at least 7 to feel good. I can't even think about surviving on less than 5. :(

    Hope you get some rest soon.

    1. I know :(
      I hope for 5 nights every night. My goal is 7, but I have yet to reach it ...


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