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Instead of feeling fit, you may often experience drowsiness after swimming. Is it normal if after swimming instead feel sleepy? Why does the drowsiness come?
Causes sleepiness after swimming
If you realize it, swimming is an activity that is faster to cause drowsiness than other sports. There are several reasons why the body gets tired and sleepy more quickly after swimming, ranging from body movements to water temperature.
The following are the causes of drowsiness after swimming:
1. Swim using the main muscles
Slightly different from other types of sports, the movements in swimming require you to use the main muscles in the body.
Swimming styles such as breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly style, to freestyle, using abdominal muscles, biceps, triceps, buttocks, thighs, and legs. In addition to these muscles, swimming also involves the deltoid muscles (shoulder), pectoralis (chest), and back.
Almost all parts of your body muscles work hard when swimming. Therefore, the energy you spend maybe more considerable until you finally feel tired and sleepy.
2. Muscles work harder
Swimming is included in the aerobic sports group. This sport requires considerable energy because the muscles must move intensely for some time.
Also, unlike other aerobic sports, swimming requires muscles to work harder because it is against the buoyancy force in the water.
3. The condition of the water in the swimming pool
The temperature of pond water turns out to affect drowsiness after swimming. Coldwater can cause muscle tension due to lack of blood supply, so the body has to work harder to raise the temperature again.
Meanwhile, warm water can also increase body temperature, which can result in feeling tired and sleepy.
In addition to water temperature, the content of chlorine found in swimming pools can also affect lung function, so that your breathing will be problematic and your body feels tired.
How to avoid sleepiness after swimming?
There are several ways you can do to reduce fatigue and sleepiness after swimming. Here are tips you can try:
1. Don’t force yourself
Since swimming is a sport that requires extra energy, you should not overdo it. The more you try to fight the buoyancy force in the water, the more energy you exert.
Perform swimming movements in a relaxed manner, such as not swinging your arms too strong and not raising your head high while taking a breath.
You can also do light warm-up focusing on the shoulders, arms, and legs before swimming.
2. Swim with different styles
Try not to do the same swimming style for a long time. This can result in tense muscles, and the body becomes tired more quickly.
Perform a variety of movements, for example starting with breaststroke which is then replaced with backstroke.
3. Swim with the right temperature
Avoid swimming with water temperatures that are too cold or warm. It is best to choose a swimming pool with moderate water temperature, around 25 to 27 C. With the right temperature; you will avoid drowsiness after swimming.