Gym VS Sleep?

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    Jul 12, 2010 12:36 PM GMT
    I know that, in the long run, getting enough sleep is a critical fitness and health requirement.

    Having said that, sometimes my ability to get enough sleep during the week will be severely curtailed. AND, because of the same schedule pressure, so will the time I can go to the gym.

    This leads to me needing to pick between getting 8 hours of sleep, OR going to the gym and getting 7. 7 doesn't really feel like enough, but not going to the gym is a bad plan, right?

    So, if it's a continual state of affairs for some time, is it better to miss out on sleep three nights a week, or get enough and go to the gym less often?
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    Jul 12, 2010 2:01 PM GMT
    I seldom get more than six hours of sleep each at the most...and I seldom use an alarm clock. When my body has had sufficient rest, it wakes up on its own.

    Before I started working out, I'd have to go to bed earlier because I'd sleep eight and nine hours.

    With that said, my suggestion is to forgo the 30 minutes of sleep and go to the gym. As you get in better shape, your body will require less sleep to get the rest it needs. Then it will be easier to find gym time.
  • tazzari

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    Jul 12, 2010 2:13 PM GMT
    Different people require different amounts of sleep. We had an athlete on the US Team who needed ten hours of sleep to perform at optimum.

    Recovery is just as important as training. Sleep deprivation can lead to some very bad reactions, and it can accumulate. It is not compatible with good results from your training.

    To be in top shape, you may need to re-evaluate your priorities. You can only do so much .