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Coping Strategies for Periods of High Stress/ Lack of Sleep

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 12, 2011 at 12:13 AM

I started eating paleo in April and doing Crossfit in May. Things were rocking along pretty well, started sleeping in total darkness, lost 20 lbs, felt great, made progress at the gym, etc. Then about a month ago, a serious illness reared its head in a family member, and my life got thrown upside down. The first week or so, I was afraid to sleep or leave the house because I thought he might die. Things are a little better now, but I still get woken up several times a night to take care of him and feel stressed and worried almost all the time.

After that first week off, I was dying to get back to crossfit (partially just to get out of the house), so I've been back in the gym, but I noticed that with the crappy sleep quality, I can only exert so much effort before I feel like I'm about to pass out. Should I just give up on crossfit for now? Am I causing my body to release even more cortisol and just effing my system up worse by working out on top of minimal sleep and high stress? I really don't want to give up crossfit because I like it, but I also don't want to cause serious damage to my adrenals. Any suggestions for a hack for the combo sleep loss/constant stress? I'm not in a position to hire anyone to help me out, and we don't have any family or close friends nearby to come over and sit with him, it's just me.

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on September 12, 2011
at 01:42 PM

And tapping.com has some great videos as well.

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on September 12, 2011
at 08:29 AM

Sorry to hear this, hope you are ok, please take it easy.

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on September 12, 2011
at 04:48 AM

Agreed about the EFT!!!! Gary Craig is the master. I like eftwizard on youtube.

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on September 12, 2011
at 02:36 AM

It sounds like the original poster is slipping into adrenal fatigue. The stress plus the lack of sleep can really wear on someone. I'd say if you're not having the same amount of stress as someone with a deathly ill family member, you're probably ok to keep going with it. If you find yourself with too little energy for the work out it's called "overtraining" which is essentially the same as adrenal fatigue and you might consider backing off a bit. Really, though, you just need to listen to what your body is saying about how your working out is going.

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on September 12, 2011
at 12:58 AM

Yeah, I'd back off and go to something more gentle (walking/yoga) for now...

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on September 12, 2011
at 01:20 AM

(((Hugs))) EFT can be helpful for the anxiety & sleep. It's helped many of my clients.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on September 12, 2011
at 01:42 PM

And tapping.com has some great videos as well.

E95216c62a14d21c371fcbf2fed8469b

(1867)

on September 12, 2011
at 04:48 AM

Agreed about the EFT!!!! Gary Craig is the master. I like eftwizard on youtube.

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on September 12, 2011
at 01:38 AM

This is a good question for those of us with weird jobs. I'm about to start a period of my training where I'll be up for 30 hours at a time, and when I do sleep it'll be frequently interrupted. No way around it if I want to complete the training. So do we just stop working out? No offense, but does that mean Crossfit and other high-impact types of training are just for white collar people with regular hours?

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on September 12, 2011
at 02:36 AM

It sounds like the original poster is slipping into adrenal fatigue. The stress plus the lack of sleep can really wear on someone. I'd say if you're not having the same amount of stress as someone with a deathly ill family member, you're probably ok to keep going with it. If you find yourself with too little energy for the work out it's called "overtraining" which is essentially the same as adrenal fatigue and you might consider backing off a bit. Really, though, you just need to listen to what your body is saying about how your working out is going.

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on September 12, 2011
at 01:31 AM

Talk to your coach. Maybe he or she can help you come up with a program where you just focus on basic strength 2x/ week at most. Do not do any met-con work now. Keep all movements slow and controlled.

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on September 12, 2011
at 01:11 AM

agree. do work outs in the house, take it slow. if you're keeping with the eating plan you should do well. A broad Vit/min/antiox supplement would help, too. Esp. B vitamins for the anxiety.

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on December 14, 2011
at 10:05 PM

Just eat some startchy carbs, especially post-workout you're depleted of sugar and you will not gain any fat

This whole paleo thing is complete bullshit. sugar makes everyone fat and sick is true because everyone are lazy slacks that earn too much sugar without even earning it

But in the right amounts (50-150) grams per day, you're all good!

Startchy grains have long been known to reduce stress, anxiety, improve sleep etc...

Why you're not eating them ? afraid to get fat ? read leangains.com

I hate all of these stupid communities, raw foodists, anti-carbs bla bla bla...

Just eat your macros in the right amounts and everything will be good.

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