View Full Version : Falling asleep while swimming

May 9th, 2005, 05:17 PM
Last night during workout we were doing a long hard set and I was tired and trying to hang on when I found my eyelids drooping :o This happened a couple times and then I had the distinct sensation of suddenly waking up :eek:, looking at the lines on the bottom of the pool and realizing that I was swimming. Has this happened to others? Luckily it's time to start my taper...

May 9th, 2005, 05:22 PM
I've had similar happening at the gym, while on a recumbment bike.
Where my mind and eyes are tired and want to sleep, and the muscles are still going.

May 9th, 2005, 05:55 PM
My experience is completely the opposite, many times I see the lines on the bottom of the pool and tried to pull harder to keep the rythm of my team mates, and then my wife wakes me up and tells me to stop stroking at her side of the bed.:D

May 9th, 2005, 06:20 PM
I've never done that while swimming. It's a common occurence in my classes however.:p

Peter Cruise
May 9th, 2005, 07:51 PM
Lindsay- you were probably falling asleep because you've been training when you should have been still hibernating in New Brunswick's winter/spring. Not so on the left coast, though...

May 9th, 2005, 08:18 PM
....only when the set is boring...(Zzzzzzzzz) ;)

May 9th, 2005, 09:23 PM
Kinda. While it has never happened during a workout with other people in the lane or when the set is particularly hard (In both those cases, I am either to concerned with keeping proper pacing and staying out of everybody's way or dealing with the discomfort of swimming hard). But when I have been doing long and relatively easy set's swimming alone (10 X 500 @ 8:00, hold 7:30 or 5 X 1,000 @ 16:00, hold 15:00) - EN1- pace for me, I have gotten into such a relaxed and rhythmic state, that I have felt like I have gone to sleep. I have actually closed my eyes for an entire length at a time! If not for a wrist watch and snapping back to reality to check the time, I would lose track of where I was in the rep or the set. Its a very cool feeling for me because it is not out of exhaustion, but more like a meditative state. And it usually happens toward the middle of the set. By the last rep or two of the set, my breathing may become labored enough to snap me out of it.

May 9th, 2005, 09:39 PM
I've never fallen asleep while swimming
though I've bonked in several practices, which isn't much fun.

i swam with a fellow who passed out in practice and sunk to the bottom, after we passed him a second time we realized it wasn't a prank, he lived.


May 9th, 2005, 10:43 PM
I've only bonked twice in practice, and tonight was one of them. I hate it. Truly, it's one of the very few things I can't stand.

One of my teammates, who posts on here occasionally, has the notion that I have some paranormal fear of swimming anything longer than a 100 during practice, and he is currently trying to "rehabilitate me" to rid me of this infliction.

This bothers me. I suppose it would bother me less if I was not one of a very few numbers of females at our practices, and if I was not the only competing female and "A" lane girl.

It's hard work trying to keep up with the four fast boys (well, men) in my lane.

Sidetrack aside, I was in the water 15 minutes before practice started, doing some very easy laps, loosening up and trying to get out of my mental funk that I already knew I was going to have problems with, and maybe 15 minutes into practice (1x400 on 6:00, then 8x200's on 2:30) I was just like ".................." My brain completely flatlined. It was absolute shutdown.

I got out of the pool, went down to the steam room, took my inhaler (for prevention purposes) and meditated until I couldn't take the heat anymore. Mental funk is definitely not gone (if you couldn't tell by the waywardness of this post), but hopefully I can ward off future bonking in practice by hitting the steam room a couple more times this week.


May 9th, 2005, 10:52 PM
Wow. that's a major mental funk. I've never had it quite that bad; I only bonk when I don't eat right before I swim.

Hope you feel better!

May 10th, 2005, 12:51 AM
Yes, I fell asleep during a swimming test (old Red Cross badge program) when I was about 8 years old. We had to swim a bunch of lengths, and on the backstroke section I fell asleep and really only woke up because I hit the wall on the other width side of the pool. I remember it was very relaxing, but I failed the test...

May 10th, 2005, 09:52 AM
There is a huge difference between being asleep, and being in a zen-like trance.

My best 500 swim (from high school, even split the whole race), I didn't remember the middle 200. I was definitely awake, but "in the zone".

May 10th, 2005, 10:07 AM
Originally posted by 401kman
(10 X 500 @ 8:00, hold 7:30 or 5 X 1,000 @ 16:00, hold 15:00) - [/B]

EW! Remind not to swim with you! ;)

May 10th, 2005, 10:45 AM
I raced the Cross Lake Ontario swim 32 miles, half a mile to go, everyone was pulled out of the water. Very cold water temp in the 40s. I don't even remember being pulled out. In my dream while I was out, I won the race and they were handing me the check for $25,000 dollars. I woke up in the hospital with the doctor taking my pulse. He said thats better, 15, I figured 15 beats for 15 seconds, 15 x 4 is 60 beats. He said no 15.

I was talking to my wife after that and counting my winnings when she told me that they were splitting up the prize money and my share was $3,500. and an Accutron Watch.

So don't win races in your dreams.


May 10th, 2005, 11:56 AM
Originally posted by SwiminONandON
EW! Remind not to swim with you! ;)

I think I can achieve 401kman practice, but what about thisgirl13 posted practice:

"(1x400 on 6:00, then 8x200's on 2:30)"

May 10th, 2005, 04:21 PM
Bonked? Wazzat?

Kevin in MD
May 10th, 2005, 05:50 PM
Originally posted by thisgirl13
I've only bonked twice in practice, and tonight was one of them. I hate it. Truly, it's one of the very few things I can't stand.

I got out of the pool, went down to the steam room, took my inhaler (for prevention purposes) and meditated until I couldn't take the heat anymore.


Seems to me that you would do better to get some carbohydrates in you to alleviate the liver glycogen depletion rathenr than sitting in the steam room. I don't see what the steam will accomplish.

As tot he original question, I do get sleepy during swims sometimes, most often associated with low blood sugar. I also caught myself sleeping during the run of an ironman race. That was a first, I associate it also to glycogen depletion but also general mental fatigue at that point.

February 24th, 2018, 08:48 AM
Yes. Twice in high school (2001) I fell asleep in practice. Both times, I woke up very startled after the flip turn and the people behind me said I had kept my pace (I was the pacer for my lane) the whole time! I'm a distance swimmer, so no, this wasn't my familiar "in the groove" feeling. Years later, I'm having problems with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and sleep paralysis. My doctor thinks I may have narcolepsy.

February 24th, 2018, 12:11 PM
Genny, this thread is (or was...) 13(!!!) year old! :dedhorse: