robertscott wrote:Kenny, so you got it under control in the end? That's good. I've had it all my life and it doesn't really seem to affect me all that much, but I'm sure it'll only get worse as I get older and my recovery abilities start to lessen.
Pretty much. I think it's largely a habitual thing, at least with me, anyway. Sometimes I fall back into the same routine and end up getting hardly any sleep, then dealing with chronic fatigue. I know it's bad when my dad, probably the hardest working guy i've ever came across, lectures me about doing too much. I can quite easily get to that point where i'm TOO fatigued - so tired I can't sleep. I'm weary of the early signs now. My appetite and skin are the first to show it (I suspect the skin thing is a side effect of loss of appetite - Less food with less recovery time with the same amount of stress... Something's got to give...).
Also, all my life I've always been someone who went to my bed late. Therefore, i've never been the type to bounce out of bed, more like drag myself out of bed, then a double measure of coffee to bring me alive. I think this is what set the wheels in motion for it, to be honest. As I got older I added work, bills, and general grown-up-stress to the mix, and it's far from an ideal habit to be in.
I'm also quite sure a large part of being successful in life is down to your ability to get up in the morning. My dad has said this my whole life, "I don't care what you do, if you can't get out your bed in the morning, you won't be as successful as you could be." I think this is one common theme among anyone i've met or read about that's "successful" (I use quotes because we all have different definitions of success) - they get up early.
I'm the exact same about being able to sleep on the couch! What's that all about? If I could fall asleep as easily in bed as I do on the couch then I'd be a happy man. Usually I'll be lying on the couch about to fall asleep and I'll think "Time for bed then Bob" and by the time I've gotten up and brushed my teeth etc, I'm wide awake again. Total nightmare.
I know! This was key for me. I did literally sleep on the couch for weeks as a short term fix. One thing I did notice is that after my "going to bed routine", I felt wide awake, so I done all this well before I actually went to bed. Plus what you're actually doing on the couch, or thinking about, it's almost always literally nothing. Nothing of any significance, anyway. When you get to bed you start thinking. If you're like me that's enough to keep you awake as I have a very active mind to the point where just sitting thinking can stimulate my mind more than TV or a book (not all books).
Is Z12 melatonin? I bought some ZMA because I heard that helped you sleep. It didn't work, but it definitely gives me much more vivid dreams which is kinda cool.
Not sure what it is, I got it after reading positive reviews and i had free points on my account, the ingredients are, as listed on t-nation website,
4-amino-3-phenyl-butanoic acid HCL (PhGABA)
The problem with establishing a routine is I don't really have a 9-5 lifestyle, so it's not so easy. I have to admit, it did make me chuckle slightly when you said you've kept a diary. I can just imagine what it was like. "Dear diary, hit a PR on my deadlift today..."
If you can't get a set time that you go to bed, then just work on the last couple of hours before you go to bed, regardless of the time. I think the key is in learning to switch off and stay switched off....
LOL, on the diary, well, to use about the only credible argument i've seen for Yoga - If Dan John does it, then i'll give it a shot
Definitely get back into reading. "reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body" - don't know who said this but I definitely never made it up myself. It's amazing. In the same sense that I feel good making myself stronger whilst most other people I know are wasting away on the couch watching TV, I get the same with reading. Most people don't read, they watch crap on TV and glance at tabloids to know what's going on in the world. I've developed a new fascination for History, too. It's amazing. School ruins history for you, they make it seem boring. Anyway, i'm going off subject...