Sleep and it's importance

  • dbart93

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    Feb 16, 2014 11:33 PM GMT
    How important is sleep when it comes to health generally and also when trying to lose weight etc? At the moment I don't think I get enough sleep as I am always tired, lack motivation to work out and energy is often low that I get hungry and snack. It has now got to a point my general health is suffering I.e keep getting colds and aches in legs when I try to work out and my eye sight is worse when tired. Could it be that the lack of sleep has caused all this and I won't help myself until I sleep more? On average I probably sleep about 5/6 hours most nights and over time it has caused these issues
  • RaggedyMan

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    Feb 18, 2014 6:30 AM GMT
    Maybe its a mefucal condition. Do you sleep for at least 6 hours a night?
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    Feb 18, 2014 12:20 PM GMT
    Does anyone have any anecdotal evidence of sleep helping their workout gains? I always go to bed way too late during the week (mainly staying up trying to eat 5 meals a day and preparing the next day's food, to meet my calorie requirements).
  • tampaguy75

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    Feb 18, 2014 1:10 PM GMT
    For me, sleep has been critically important in maintaining my general health. Any time I start going without sleep, I get sick. I have had a sleeping disorder since high school, but at age 30 I started taking benadryl at night. Now, I commonly get 8 hours. I don't want to be dependent on any drug, but in this case the pros far outweigh the cons. I would say most people need at least 7 hours of sleep.
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    Feb 18, 2014 2:07 PM GMT
    Talk to your Dr. You may need a sleep aid. If so, ask your Dr if you can try Melatonin before any prescription sleep aid (which tend to have poor side effects and may be addictive).

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    Feb 18, 2014 3:44 PM GMT
    I always get 8 hours, always.
  • dbart93

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    Feb 18, 2014 11:56 PM GMT
    yeah my health is affected by low sleep i think. when i manage to get more i feel better/more alert. I think i dont give my body enough time to recover from the exertions of the day and from exercise.
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    Feb 21, 2014 2:01 AM GMT
    Call me crazy but I get 5-51/2 hours most nights and still am rarely tired. But when I tell most people that they think I'm a mutant so don't go by that for sure! Everyone's body's work differently-just don't force yourself to stay awake unless there's a really good reason.