As any avid fitness goer knows, maintaining your workout schedule is already a difficult and demanding routine to adhere to. Finding the time throughout the week, balancing work, family, friends, and personal time. Finding the energy to power through the physical act of your workout, in spite of those aforementioned commitments. Or even dealing with the proper nutrition, ensuring that you are fueling your body to get the most out of all that hard work.
With all of that effort put into your training, being tired after your workout can be a further drag on all of your other responsibilities. Many may feel energized and accomplished after your workouts, giving you the stamina to complete all of your other obligations. But what about those of you who sleepy after your workouts? And why is it happening?
Potential Causes For Being Sleepy
Here are some of the potential reasons you are feeling a bit too tired after your workout, and some tips on how you can make the proper adjustments to feel stronger and more energized for the rest of the day:
Poor Workout Timing
The first step in diagnosing the problem is taking into consideration the time of day that you’re working out. Do you work out in the morning, or the evening? Maybe you train midday on your lunch break. These can all affect how you recover and feel throughout the rest of your day. Figuring out what time of day works best for you is key, testing each and gauging how you feel afterwards.
You could potentially feel tired due to grogginess in the morning. Or maybe you feel sleepy because you work out at night and are naturally tired after a long day. Eliminating all of the extraneous causes for your sleepiness may be able to give you an obvious explanation for your sleepiness.
As we stated above, nutrition is a key factor to staying fit and healthy. Without the proper meals and fuel, your body will not improve in strength or performance. The meals surrounding your workout can be another subjective factor, with everyone reacting to food differently.
You could first try the method of eating before your workout, especially if you are not already doing so. Eating a good source of quick-digesting carbohydrates like wheat based products (bread, bagel, etc) can be a great boost to energize you throughout and after your workout.
Your post workout nutrition is equally as important, with some nuance and preference taking effect here as well. Some may be inclined to eat a huge meal after their workout, with your appetite and thirst being elevated after strenuous exercise. This may actually contribute to being sleepy, as the digestion can further tax and strain your energy. Eating slow acting carbohydrates like a banana can be a great post workout snack to satisfy your hunger, which will also give you the proper energy throughout the day.
Dehydration is one of the most common causes for sleepiness both before and after your workout. Many people don’t get the adequate water intake throughout the day, which has an especially dramatic effect on those who work out and sweat heavily. Being sure to hydrate before, during, and after your workout can eliminate the potential exhaustion feeling after your workout.
Being Out of Shape
Although this may not be a factor for those of you who are already in a steady workout routine, it could play a part for those who are new to the gym. Understanding that you will be more tired in the beginning of any major exercise implementation is important, as it is a normal part of fitness and adjustment to any training regimen.
Give yourself the adequate time and rest to get accustomed to your new program, and if you feel excess tiredness you may need to address some of the other factors mentioned here.
Getting Enough Sleep
Another common issue not usually addressed is the amount of sleep you receive on a nightly basis can greatly influence the feeling of being tired. Whether you are training three times a week, or seven times a week, getting a full night’s rest is crucial for mental and physical recovery.
Although the most unlikely scenario in the diagnosis of your sleepiness, it shouldn’t be ignored if the situation persists. There are some medical conditions and diseases that could affect your energy levels after a workout. If you are unable to correct your fatigue issues, always be sure to contact a doctor to address the problem.
Taking a step back and readjusting your routine is a great way to fix any performance or energy issues when improving your workouts, with all of the above being great starting points to remedy the problem. Taking the right supplements, vitamins, and adhering to these rules will keep you feeling your best before, during, and after your workout.