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Jiu-Jitsu Insomnia – A Love-Hate, Relationship

Its 2:00am and I can’t sleep.  Why?  Well, Jiu-Jitsu of course!  I was awaked for another reason but when I tried to go back to sleep I started thinking of my passion, Gracie or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  The next thing I know I am tensing up.  I keep thinking of things I could do or would like to try out.  To make matters worse I missed my last two classes due to the Labor Day holiday and a cold.  I didn’t get my Jiu-Jitsu fix for the week.  In short, I’ve got a case of Jiu-Jitsu Insomnia. 

When you lay awake at night you can think up some grand ideas and they all seem plausible.  With Jiu-Jitsu you want to try them out.  If I tried this sweep could I transition into this position, and so forth.  The problem is you can’t try it out!  You find your self all excited and tense wondering if your ideas will really work and  excited for your next practice to see.  None of which is conducive to sleep.

I thought if I got up and blogged about it, I might be able to clear my mind and go to sleep but I’ve decided I’m a Jiu-Jitsu nut.  Blogging hasn’t helped.  Its time to get a grappling dummy so that I can release my inner Jiu-Jitsu tension with a little late night grappling.  I don’t know what else to do to help release the tension and get some sleep.

Please share with me some thing you do to turn off your Jiu-Jitsu mania at night?

2 Responses to “Jiu-Jitsu Insomnia – A Love-Hate, Relationship”

  1. I know just how you feel :-). It’s a sad addiction, isn’t it?

    I just had a week off due to a minor shoulder injury and the sleeping was getting worse and worse. It wasn’t the shoulder that didn’t let me sleep, it was waking up tense. After a good BJJ session yesterday, I slept brilliantly last night.

    I’ve had other nights, where I woke up hot and bothered and tense because evidently, I’d been dreaming about grappling and my semi-comatose mind wouldn’t let go of some specific issue. I get up, have a walk around, have a drink and then generally I’m good to go back to sleep (unless my body is battered and bruised more than usual from the last BJJ/MMA session, then I need to find a non-painful position first…).

    I agree, a grappling dummy would be great for when you have withdrawal systems 🙂

  2. I had a great class last night and I don’t think I slept for more then 3 hours. Its nice to hear others have the same trouble. I’ll try getting up and see if what you do helps me, next time. Thanks for the comment, Chris.