Thursday, August 11, 2011
Getting your sleep right
One of these days when I write my best-selling diet book, chapter one is going to be entitled:
Step one: Get your sleep right.
I am learning as time goes on that my sleeping patterns rule everything.
If I don't get enough sleep, here's what happens:
-I eat more because my body is starved for energy
-My workouts suffer. When I am tired, I have nowhere near the energy to be able to workout effectively.
-Lifting weights becomes very difficult. I can't lift as much, do as many reps, etc. It just is much, much harder.
-Getting through the day is hard. Since I had to give up caffeine a year ago, if I don't get enough sleep....I am dead in the water.
Never mind the fact that a lack of sleep causes a generally bad attitude and the people around you suffer.
How much sleep? Hard to say. I suppose everyone is different. I'm no expert, but I've discovered I need at least 7 hours. 6 isn't enough. I always read 8 hours is the normal.
Some people get by with less. Whatever that amount is, be sure to get enough!