Does the amount of sleep play that much difference in your daily workout?
With work and the kids, sometimes sleep is something that I don't much of. I do make an effort to get more sleep the night before a big workout but most of the time I am getting about 5 hours a night. I would rather have five hours of deep sleep then eight restless
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I probably get about 6-7, but it's not always "good" sleep. Sometimes I'll take 3mg of melatonin before bed which I find helps.
I definitely notice my amount/quality of sleep affecting my day. When I haven't slept well I'm more likely to snack during the day and have a poor workout. If I wake up rested I'll feel better about my day and have a better one. What's keeping you awake? Can you use time on the weekends to get things organized for the week to help cut down on the daily to-do's?
Sleep is super important, so do your best to optimize your sleeping conditions. Completely dark, quiet, etc.
Taking a little melatonin works great, but a really good sleep aid is something like Natural Calm. It's a fizzy magnesium drink mix that'll relax you and help you get a better quality of sleep.
Another (although unpopular) sleep aid is to go caffeine-free. Try not to get caught in that vicious cycle of stimulants and relaxants (ie: caffeine, booze).
Remember, you can't diet or exercise your way out of poor sleep. Sleep well, and you'll see your workout performance go way up.
I am getting atleast 7 hours a night. I find that if I dont get my 7 hours my heart just isnt in my workouts. I feel fatigued all day and the amount of reps and weight suffer and the amount of time I "feel" like doing cardio.
Call me crazy, but my body NEEDS 10 hours of sleep. That being said, I don't always get it and usually catch up on the weekends. Except in times of extreme lack of sleep, I've never noticed a few hours missed affecting my workout. In fact, I used to workout first thing in the morning on 6-7 hours sleep and had some of my best workouts. I find that warming up is most important for performance first thing upon waking up.
My sleep is all over the place, sometimes 8 hours, sometimes 6, and sometimes work can be a drudge to get through because of this, but by the end of the day I'm usually feeling fine and my evening workout goes great. The harder I work out the earlier I go to bed too, so that usually gives me a full 8 hour night as well which is a nice bonus for the next day.
I usually get about 6.5, which I think really negatively affects my workouts the next day and my gains from the previous workouts (since you build muscle during rest). Lately I have become a big convert to the theory that sleep is extremely important to getting results, and you need a minimum of 7 hours a night. If you're only able to get 5, you might want to at least try to add an extra hour. Something else you may want to try is to use a web site like sleepytime.fm to ensure that you wake up at the end of a REM cycle (which occurs every 90-110 minutes and don't feel so groggy.
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