31 Jan Perfecting Sleep
Just because you can fall asleep in a lighted room with a TV blaring and a girlfriend breaking your George Forman grill because you spent the money you were going to use to get her a Valentines gift on the newest pre-workout drink doesn’t mean you should. Is quantity of sleep as important as quality? Find out.
Just because you can fall asleep in a lighted room with a TV blaring and a girlfriend breaking your George Forman grill because you spent the money you were going to use to get her a Valentines gift on the newest pre-workout drink doesn’t mean you should. Not because you shouldn’t get the new stuff but because you need to be sleeping in a dark quiet environment to get what you need from sleep.
Quality of sleep is ignored even more than adequate amount.
Without the dark and quiet you won’t get the benefit from sleep that your body needs. Your body will not sleep as deep and get through the REM cycles that it needs to recover from the demands of an athlete.
How much really
Like with most things that really matter, most people don’t know how much sleep they really need. The recommended 8 hours of sleep a night is just that – a recommendation.
Not everyone needs the same amount of food correct? We need different amount of foods because not everyone’s bodies are the same. Metabolism, weight, muscle, activity level, all affects how much food you need so don’t you think it might affect how much sleep you need too?
So tired of hearing me ramble? Well I’m not but I’ll get to the point – sleep as much as you think you need for two days so on the third day you feel energized all day. On the third day go to sleep somewhat early and don’t set an alarm. Make sure it is as dark as possible and there is no chance of anything waking up. I don’t care if you need to wear a frilly pink night mask, put ear plugs in, and Buddha forbid turn your phone OFF. Whenever you wake up in the morning naturally by yourself is as much sleep as you need a night.
It really is true that some people need only 7 hours of sleep while some need 9. If you are constantly waking up tired it might be that you are getting too much sleep.
Why you should care
Your body’s testosterone level is highest when you sleep and right when you wake up in the morning. You need to go through adequate REM cycles to spike your testosterone level and rebuild what you tore down during the day. You are building muscle and strength when you are sleeping not when you are working out.
If you are anywhere from 13-45 years old, you feel tired when you wake up, and you aren’t pitching a tent in the morning, then there is a good chance your sleeping habits suck.
I’m no motivationally speaking grizzly bear for kids, though; I understand that not every night can be an early one.
The point is to make your nights of debauchery somewhat infrequent so that you can have a normal sleeping schedule. If you can’t make that sacrifice then you probably aren’t going to make it very far in your journey anyway. The more hours asleep before 12, the more rested I have seemed to be.
Have any other ideas on how to improve sleep? Leave them in the comments