Have you noticed yourself feeling really sleepy or tired after fascia release?
Many of my clients over the years used to joke that I should have sleeping cubbies so people could take naps after their sessions instead of getting in their car to drive. But not everyone gets this tired after fascia release, so they’d always ask me “is it normal to feel this tired?”
My reply was usually something like this: “The brain sometimes needs to integrate the new information we just gave it, especially if we interrupted neural loops. I think we process new information and integrate it when we sleep, so it makes sense you’d feel tired if we just interrupted a bunch of patterns and created new ones.”
I’ve noticed in my own life that I often get really sleep on a few specific occasions: when I have a major life or existential “epiphany;” after processing a big emotional experience that moved old traumas out of my body and psyche; or in situations when I push myself beyond what I previously assumed was my edge, into greater degrees of freedom or capacity. After each of these types of experiences I find myself tired in a bone-deep, soul-deep irrepressible manner. Normally I am a light finicky sleeper, but in these circumstances I feel as if I could fall asleep in a hotel hallway or a crowded bus and I can hardly resist the pull.
I always chalked up my own experiences with this kind of tiredness to a need to process what just happened at the subconscious level, and integrate the new data into my body.
Apparently, that’s very much what neuroscience now suggests:
According to Andrew Huberman (who didn’t originate this data that I’m aware of, but talks about it a lot in his podcast interviews) the brain doesn’t actually create new neural loops until we’re asleep. While the event is occurring in which the new neural pathways are being created, we release certain hormones (like norepinephrine and acetylcholine), which then circulate the body, mark the new pathway and then at night the brain can get to work securing the new data into its database (aka, our body or nervous system).
If you’re interested in neuroscience (which you should be, if you want to take 100% responsibility for optimizing your health and freedom – body, mind and spirit), I highly recommend watching some of the recent (2020) interviews with Andrew Huberman. I’ll link to a few below that I really enjoyed.
Probably. If that’s you, maybe you don’t have any neural loops that need interrupting in this way. Or, maybe you’re not open (at the subconscious level) to change (yet). This is common in people who are defended or stuck in neural loops of prioritizing safety vs thriving, usually due to childhood trauma.
Or maybe you’re not able to trigger the proper interruption on your own, which I think is the most likely reason. Working with someone like me in person, you have a much higher chance of contacting and interrupting those old patterns because I’m an objective witness and tool, and your body knows exactly how to run away from the intensity needed to interrupt patterns. But if I’m there, I can locate those areas or the degree of intensity needed, and coach you through the whole thing. It’s a lot harder to do this on your own, but it is certainly possible.
So maybe the next time you do fascia release, if you notice yourself getting tired…consider giving yourself 20 minutes to take a power nap, and prioritize a really good night’s sleep that evening; because if you went through all the trouble of interrupting old neural loops and created new neural pathways, you want to KEEP them! Otherwise you may end up in the same situation, facing the same pattern or pain and have to do it all over again.
Please share your thoughts in the comments section!
Here are some of the Andrew Huberman interviews I really liked:
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