Sleep and fittness etc

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    Aug 30, 2011 2:58 PM GMT
    Being a college student, going to bed early is a problem for meicon_lol.gif but as i read more often of sleep and depression , weight gain and fitness performance it makes me look back and review how important sleep is.

    Basically im just asking those of a higher fitness level than my self how important sleep is to you and does it really help with being lean and staying in shape?
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 30, 2011 4:02 PM GMT
    Absolutely.Rest is the other side of exercise on the way to getting fit!Exercise alone will not get you fit.Your body needs time to recover from all the damage you`ve done it.
    I`m constantly surprised how little this is discussed when it`s as important as exercise,nutrition,physiotherapy,health in general,etc.
    Sleep and rest are vital to me.I have at least one day off a week,sometimes more, when I`m physically inactive.Without a good night`s sleep,at least eight hours,I can`t workout the next day(believe me,I`ve tried!)
  • Ironman4U

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    Aug 30, 2011 4:10 PM GMT
    Your body definitely needs rest. Sleep needs do vary a bit from person to person based on many factors. I typically get 6-7 but I don't use an alarm clock so I let my body get what it needs.
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    Aug 30, 2011 4:14 PM GMT
    I have a very erratic sleep schedule, mostly due to ADHD...the H part prevents me from falling asleep when I want to.

    Understanding the importance of sleep, I did some research on sleep cycles, and ran across this:
    http://www.dreammoods.com/dreaminformation/dreamresearch.htm

    Yeah you do need 6-8 hours of restful sleep every night, but if you understand the mechanics of sleep you can alter that to fit your needs. I often go through only the 4 primary cycles then wake up without repeating them...then drink a glass of water and do it again for a short nap, short because the cycles are faster. It's not as effective as sleeping the full 6-8 hours, but in a pinch it definitely works.

    About once or twice a month the erratic sleep pattern will catch up, and without warning I'll sleep straight through the entire 8+ hours without so much as twitching a single muscle, waking up in the same exact position I passed out. That's when I feel the most rested.

    Basically if you understand the sleep cycles, you can work with less sleep for a limited amount of time and still make great progress with fitness. It's all in knowing how your body responds. If you know you haven't gotten enough sleep, don't workout cause it will only make you sleep worse the next night (or day, or evening, or whenever you fall asleep).
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    Aug 30, 2011 8:34 PM GMT
    my body has some how conditioned itself to work on 5 hrs of sleep through all the stress i put on it in college. now i just wake up 5 hrs later without an alarm no matter what and i'm fully rested. not sure if that affects my health in any negative way but i have had weight problems forever. Just work out a lot to get into good shape.
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    Aug 31, 2011 12:23 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidI have a very erratic sleep schedule, mostly due to ADHD...the H part prevents me from falling asleep when I want to.

    Understanding the importance of sleep, I did some research on sleep cycles, and ran across this:
    http://www.dreammoods.com/dreaminformation/dreamresearch.htm

    Yeah you do need 6-8 hours of restful sleep every night, but if you understand the mechanics of sleep you can alter that to fit your needs. I often go through only the 4 primary cycles then wake up without repeating them...then drink a glass of water and do it again for a short nap, short because the cycles are faster. It's not as effective as sleeping the full 6-8 hours, but in a pinch it definitely works.

    About once or twice a month the erratic sleep pattern will catch up, and without warning I'll sleep straight through the entire 8+ hours without so much as twitching a single muscle, waking up in the same exact position I passed out. That's when I feel the most rested.

    Basically if you understand the sleep cycles, you can work with less sleep for a limited amount of time and still make great progress with fitness. It's all in knowing how your body responds. If you know you haven't gotten enough sleep, don't workout cause it will only make you sleep worse the next night (or day, or evening, or whenever you fall asleep).


    wow really informative thanks....and thanks u guys
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    Aug 31, 2011 12:53 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidI have a very erratic sleep schedule, mostly due to ADHD...the H part prevents me from falling asleep when I want to.

    Understanding the importance of sleep, I did some research on sleep cycles, and ran across this:
    http://www.dreammoods.com/dreaminformation/dreamresearch.htm

    Yeah you do need 6-8 hours of restful sleep every night, but if you understand the mechanics of sleep you can alter that to fit your needs. I often go through only the 4 primary cycles then wake up without repeating them...then drink a glass of water and do it again for a short nap, short because the cycles are faster. It's not as effective as sleeping the full 6-8 hours, but in a pinch it definitely works.

    About once or twice a month the erratic sleep pattern will catch up, and without warning I'll sleep straight through the entire 8+ hours without so much as twitching a single muscle, waking up in the same exact position I passed out. That's when I feel the most rested.

    Basically if you understand the sleep cycles, you can work with less sleep for a limited amount of time and still make great progress with fitness. It's all in knowing how your body responds. If you know you haven't gotten enough sleep, don't workout cause it will only make you sleep worse the next night (or day, or evening, or whenever you fall asleep).


    wow really informative thanks....and thanks u guys
    You're welcome! And now, it's 9am and time for bed...been up since the 3hr nap yesterday evening. But first, 50 pushups, then bed. icon_lol.gif