How much sleep do you get? And does it REALLY make a difference?

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    Sep 08, 2014 10:32 PM GMT
    My diet is pretty much perfect now, and I have a good gym routine going. However, I frequently go to bed after midnight because of trying to cook and eat all the extra meals to hit my calorie target. Also, my alarm goes off at 5.30am so I have time to get ready for work.

    Does it really make that much of a difference?
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    Sep 08, 2014 10:49 PM GMT
    For some people probably. Try sleeping more for a week to see if you're one of them icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 09, 2014 1:50 PM GMT
    Omg yes it does. As soon as you get a schedule going its super beneficial. I sleep for 9 hours and 15 minutes. If I get less I feel like chocolate (aka s%). So sleep well! You don't have to sleep for centuries but find a time that really works for you icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 09, 2014 3:47 PM GMT
    You might save time by pre-cooking your meals in bulk. Your body needs rest to grow.
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    Sep 09, 2014 3:57 PM GMT
    I hope you're not eating that much just before bedtime. You need to streamline your system and relax before bed. As to how much sleep we need, docs always say 8 hours but in my experience, it can vary widely between people and even for an individual once a pattern is established. I used to go to bed at midnight and get up at 5:30 for decades and was fine, though I usually went to bed at 11 and read for an hour to settle the brain down. Now that I control my own schedule, I find I naturally sleep 8 hours but I did fine on less.
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    Sep 09, 2014 6:22 PM GMT
    The days I go to bed latest are gym days, the reason being I get home at 8 or sometimes 9 then it's at least 90 minutes to bake some sweet potatoes for dinner...
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    Sep 09, 2014 6:28 PM GMT
    I have to say if I don't get a good night sleep, I feel bit lazy in the gym. I keep yawning and get tired during the workout. It isn't as much about the number of hours, but more about the quality of sleep. Generally, anything above six and half hours is good enough for me, if I have a good deep sleep.
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    Sep 09, 2014 11:45 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidI hope you're not eating that much just before bedtime.


    i have read not to eat too many carbs in the latter part of the day, and esp. not right before bed, because then your body won't burn the fat or whatever.

    /gestures at the internet
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    Sep 10, 2014 2:46 AM GMT
    I think quality of sleep is as important as the duration. Some nights I will sleep very little and still feel energetic waking up after only a couple hours, other times I will sleep all night and part of the morning then feel lethargic all that day. There's always a balance in the end for me, I just let my body do its thing.
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    Sep 10, 2014 3:51 AM GMT
    My great grandmother died at the age of 103. I can still remember one day when I was a little kid sitting with her on her porch while she was in her rocking chair when she was about 90 at that time and I asked her, in my ignorant no manners little kid way, "grandma, how have you lived to be so old?" She said, "boy, I made sure that I got my rest." lol