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Improved Sleep and Creatine

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Created October 17, 2011 at 6:12 AM

I've noticed better sleep quality when taking about 1 tsp of reatine before bed vesus not taking it. I've never had the highest quality sleep as I usually end up moving around during the night regardless of the sleeping surface. Anyway, can anyone offer an explanation as to this relationship? Placebo perhaps (yet this wasn't the desired effect)?

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on November 14, 2012
at 01:45 PM

i think im one of those hahaa,

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on November 15, 2011
at 05:59 AM

A book that helped me understand (among other things) why the brain needs movement is The Art of Changing the Brain by Dr. James Zull, he was my professor for my senior seminar in biology in college. He helped me understand why the brain's need for movement isn't just physical, it's also why we love to hear stories instead of just piles of facts.

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on October 17, 2011
at 10:36 PM

Yeah cool, I know when I'm lifting heavy my sleep is usually amazingly good.

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on October 17, 2011
at 03:40 PM

It did somewhat but not completely. My workout schedule is very sporadic. Recently though, I've done body weight training 2-3x per week. That would make much more sense as the causative factor to improved sleep.

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on October 17, 2011
at 07:31 AM

Did the creatine supplementation coincide with a new weight training program? Or an increase in volume or intensity of an existing program?

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on November 15, 2011
at 02:08 AM

Creatine is a critical ultradian cycle of energy support that works on a 5-10 minute span of motor commands at muscle level of physiology. Motor commands are critical for inducing learning in the cortex at the hippocampus of all primates including humans. Without movement we lose cognitive power in all cases. This is why exercise all shows improvements in AD,PD and Huntington's. It does the same in Turner's and Down's syndrome and also improves cortical function in Schizophrenia, autism and in bipolar disorder. This is how the brain works and is organized fractally. This is why the MovNat program fascinates me as a neurosurgeon. I don't think people realize that we cant learn unless we move naturally about our environment. If we are relegated to live in a 6x6 ft cell with no light or social interaction.......we know the precise effects upon monkeys and humans. Seems that many of us forgot those experiments were done long ago. Their implications are huge for how the brain really works real time.

So movement and its energy support systems are critical. The small parts must work well to get to optimal functioning. This is what creatine does and then leptin provides the longer term answers for movement at the inner mitochondrial membrane. All the disease's mentioned above have etiologies that have suboptimal energy coupling and they all at their core, have energy inefficiencies at the basic neuronal level as the basis of the pathophysiology.

So yeah.......creatine is real important. But understanding its context is even more important to a deep understanding.

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on November 15, 2011
at 05:59 AM

A book that helped me understand (among other things) why the brain needs movement is The Art of Changing the Brain by Dr. James Zull, he was my professor for my senior seminar in biology in college. He helped me understand why the brain's need for movement isn't just physical, it's also why we love to hear stories instead of just piles of facts.

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on October 17, 2011
at 09:24 PM

I've heard more of people getting insomnia with creatine than better sleep. They were taking substantially more for bodybuilding though.

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on November 14, 2012
at 01:45 PM

i think im one of those hahaa,

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