• 22 days ago

    Sleep Poorly after *any* Cardiovascular Exercise

    I have had about 20 blood tests and 2 24-urine collections by doctors. They are trying to figure out why I either sleep quite poorly (exhausted when I wake up) or cannot sleep at all after doing cardiovascular exercise. This effect on my sleep can last for several days. Please note four things: One, I have no trouble sleeping when I avoid cardiovascular exercise. Two, it doesn't matter what time of day I do the exercise. Three, I have the problem even when I do only 2 minutes of jogging, for example. Four, it lasts 2-3 days after the exercise.

    What is this? My assumption is that the exercise releases too many hormones, but I am not sure.

Responses

  • 17 days ago

    RE: Sleep Poorly after *any* Cardiovascular Exercise

    Have the same problem, anxious to get some reply's.
  • 17 days ago

    RE: Sleep Poorly after *any* Cardiovascular Exercise

    Not sure it has anything to do with exercise. The unrefreshing sleep is often a red flag for sleep apnea. Have you ever had a sleep study done?
      • 17 days ago
        I have not. Though I am not sure why sleep apnea problems would occur only when I do cardiovascular exercise. Remember--if I don't do that exercise, I sleep fine. So, to be clear, if I went 30 days without cardiovascular exercise, I would sleep fine 30 nights in a row.
      • 11 days ago
        Given this, and if the docs and blood work don't show anything, you might do well with a sleep study to either treat or rule out the possibility of obstructive sleep apnea that occurs after exercise.

        Your situation is quite unusual in that for most people exercise is an important component of good sleep at night. That's why I suspect there's something else going on that's interfering with your sleep that's not related to exercise.

        If the study shows no apnea, the experts at the sleep clinic will help you figure this out.
  • 11 days ago

    RE: Sleep Poorly after *any* Cardiovascular Exercise

    I have chronic fatigue, and the post exertion sleeplessness is one of my symptoms. Do you get any headaches or brain fog prior to the sleeplessness? From the little I've learned over the years, it appears to be related to cortisol levels. Good luck!