Does anyone else have trouble sleeping after evening training sessions?
Lately I've been kicking up the intensity of my training and spending more time on the mats. The problem is, I've found that some of the evening training sessions (which usually run from 6:30 to 8:30 or from 7:15 to 9:00) are leaving me wide awake for hours. If it's a low-key class, I'm fine, but if we wrestle or spar I get serious insomnia.
I used to have this problem years ago but it didn't matter because I was working a flexible schedule and I could sleep in. But my current job has an early start time and it's taking a toll. Sometimes I'm rolling into work on 2 or 3 hours of sleep and I'm pretty much a zombie for the entire day (which isn't good because my job is detail-focused and I work long hours). Sometimes it will even carry over into the next day.
(EDIT: I thought it might be overtraining so I really cut back on my weightlifting. Didn't seem to make a difference, still the same either way.)
The doctor suggested melatonin, but it doesn't help much. I tried meditation. It calmed me down but didn't help with sleep. I've even set up my computer to use "night colors" after sunset, but that wasn't enough.
So far the most effective thing has been taking an ice cold shower before bed. Not sure why that works, but it does help.
Has anyone else dealt with this before? Anything else I should try? (I'm trying to avoid prescription meds, as I've heard too many bad things about ambien, etc.)