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And the point is that taking any supplements natural or not to cause your body to do things it should be doing on it's own comes with potentially bad side effects that may or may not deter some folks.
the OP wanted suggestions for a way to aid falling asleep after a night ride. i am not big on powerful sleep aids, and recommended a product that I have used, and in my research and experience is very low on the risk scale (according to my personal values and priorities, and at the dosage and low frequency I use it). there are possible side effects to everything we put into our bodies, and medical sites that detail all of the good bad and ugly.
i assume everybody will make the same personal value judgement before trying anything suggested here.
I'd like to say no to this because that's not the way the body is designed to go to sleep or wake up.
The body is designed to go to sleep and wake up by itself. It has it's own chemicals to go to sleep and wake up. When you introduce some thing else other than it's natural way of doing something then you are training it to rely on that substance. Substance training is in itself a patch to a problem. When you patch a problem with something you are not resolving the problem you are patching it. In doing this you expose it to other problems.
So taking a "natural" pill here, and deficiency pill there really does not solve the root of the problem.
Some people might have deficiencies in the natural chemical produced by them but that is a different type of protocol that need to be used.
Sleep deficiency can also be linked to stress which can be taken care by removing the stressful situation.
http://www.k-state.edu/counseling/topic ... sleep.html
The sides you listed are less severe than those of popular NSAIDs. Most of the side effects noted were never replicated in any studies.
I have loads of sleep issues and have seen different therapists for years. One of my psychs actually was involved in a melatonin study during his residency and the occurrence of sides and severity of them was so far below anything else that's on the market that it was the only thing he would recommend for prolonged usage.
What you're describing isn't rare. Fast rides and races spike a ton of chemicals such as adrenalin and epinephrine that can stay elevated for a significant period of time after. I'd also make sure to hit your PWO nutrition as soon as possible because like others mentioned digestion and the release of CHO into the blood can keep you awake.
We have a weekly crit series here in the Summer and I get home around the same time. My solution was to take in as much of my nutrition as I could after from fast-digesting sources and then lay down and put my legs up. This helped to relax me a bit more and get to sleep better. It helps to be still 30min.-1hr before bed so make sure any chores you do after are done as fast as possible so your body can switch off its myriad 'go go go' pathways and realize that it now needs to rest.
8oz of beer
a glass of wine
some heavily intrumented classical music
It might be a good idea just to go to bed earlier than usual (even if not yet feeling sleepy). Give your body a chance to shut down a bit earlier and it might just do it.
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