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.
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.
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.
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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