Firstly, has anyone else had these “back of the head” headaches an hour or two after hard efforts? Been woken up by your body in the middle of the due to them? I’ve googled and searched the TR forum but haven’t found much regarding this issue…??
Namely, I have some serious issues with staying asleep post HARD workouts and races (back to back cyclocross races or crits, VO2 or extended Threshold TR sessions, etc). Specifically I wake up around 2am with a headache in back of my head that will ONLY be relieved by taking in some simple sugar (chocolate, candy), I’ve tried fruit or sweet potatoes with low fat greek yogurt when I’ve had the headache during the day and it’s just not enough to get rid of it. I also do my best to eat whole foods, fuel my workouts pre and post, all that good stuff. (and while I’m obviously I’m not getting enough, I am still at 22% body fat and have been working for years to lose fat while not losing muscle and FTP)?
I’ve also tried taking in some protein and carbs before bed to try to mitigate this issue, but after hearing Jonathan’s and others recommendations about not eating after 8 or 9pm I feel like I’m “cheating” or at the very least undoing some of the work I did in a race or workout scenario! (again 22% body fat I’d like to get down towards 20%).
I know this has been (somewhat) covered in the podcast in the past i.e. melanin or other OTC which didn’t work for me (most OTC are for falling asleep, I am 5’5", weigh 125lbs and even tried 10mg melanin and STILL woke up around 2am), but are there any other tips or tricks I’m missing?