SLEEP...Well the Lack of it.

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    Oct 30, 2007 2:54 PM GMT
    Ok, so my schedule is extremely busy with two jobs and school. I continuely have to deal with sleep deprivation. Is it wise for me to workout on very little sleep.Usually, i just work out regardless of the amount of sleep. Does any one know of any research. I could search it on a school database, but thought id it put before all of you.
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    Oct 30, 2007 4:00 PM GMT
    How very little do you sleep?

    I work full-time and workout 5x a week and I normally average on getting 4 - 5 hours of sleep a day(not good LOL). I'm a mess in the morning but I still get through it.

    Edit:

    Wow, I didn't realize you work two jobs and go to school.

    Have you ever thought about skipping gym and perphaps work out during the weekends or when you have free time/feel energized to do so?
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    Oct 30, 2007 4:14 PM GMT
    i do try and work out when im not working....or feel good. Its just i find i like to maintain a schedule...it helps my discipline.
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    Oct 30, 2007 4:32 PM GMT
    well... finally i have met a hardworking person like me well hi guys. yes i'm from singapore 18 Yo working and studying...
    i know its hard to sch and work at the same time but i'm always very tired and sleepy. but my advice to you is SLEEP is important at least 6 hours is advicable if u are driving and all yeah u better sleep 6 hours..
    but if u cant help it work out is another alternative but still again eat vitamin B complex gives u energy to be more awake if u feel tired all the time
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    Oct 30, 2007 4:38 PM GMT
    I agree with Yeu.

    Sleep is very important, as it lets your body recover and in the case of muscle growth, let's your muscles recover and grow.

    Missing occasional hours sleep is fine, but long term, not so good.

    I think you'd be better exercising less and sleeping more, giving your body the sleep it needs to recharge.

    Look up on the internet for more advice.

    Loz
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    Oct 30, 2007 5:04 PM GMT
    It's hard to know what to do when the math requires more hours in the day (and dollars in the budget, etc.) I can tell you that my body really went to hell when I cut back on exercise, in favor of more work hours. It's not something that one can keep up forever. And going without sleep starts taking a toll before long also. A couple of times, we have shut down big projects because everybody just needed to get some rest. Too many expensive mistakes were being made.

    I have known a few people who can get by with several quick naps throughout the day, instead of a night's sleep. I sure can't do it.

    There isn't an easy solution, but this is one of the reasons that I dropped gym membership and started building up a home gym. I needed the time that I was spending to travel to the gym. In some cases, running or bicycling to work, instead of riding a bus or driving, can add exercise time without really adding much travel time. Sometimes it's possible to work in some light exercise with study, such as spinning while reading, or reading between sets. (Actually, sometimes this helps because I think about what I just read while I'm lifting.)

    Good luck!

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    Oct 30, 2007 7:39 PM GMT
    mindgarden, thanks for the comments. Its a constant struggle to balance the two...sleep work..oh yeah its not jsut two. It helps that i walk nearly everywhere, but im trying to gain some mass....not a lot. Mainly i want to loose the fat i have left and get a little bigger. Its these last 2 percent of body fat that is an absolute beast to getting down to 8-7 percent body fat. Oh well, ill just keep on trying and maybe after school I will have more time. At the same time i dont want to leave that as an excuse.
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    Oct 30, 2007 7:45 PM GMT
    Tons of study has been on sleep requirements. You might try googling on it.

    The short answer is some folks don't require much sleep; others need 10 hours. Your milage may vary.
  • asupas

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    Oct 30, 2007 8:20 PM GMT
    I had the same schedule during my college years. I still managed to get 3-4 workouts a week but I didn't start making any significant gains until after I graduated and got a better sleeping schedule.

    /At least my workouts prevented me from gaining the freshman 15. icon_smile.gif

    //Getting 4 hours of sleep every night SUCKED. I slept through half of my lectures. It's a wonder I graduated, really.
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    Oct 30, 2007 10:00 PM GMT
    Yeah, research shows it varies by person. I genuinely need about 10 hours to feel rested. It's kind of ridiculous, but I feel great when I allow my body to dictate my sleep.

    Also, a recent study showed that some people's normal sleep patterns wake them up in the middle of the night for an hour or so, and that is completely normal. I am glad that doesn't happen to me.
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    Oct 30, 2007 10:29 PM GMT
    Like some people have already said, it really depends on your body.

    I'm able to function really well and workout an average of two hours, 4-6 times a week, on an average of 3-5 hours of sleep a night (5 hours is sleeping-in). Even as a little kid, my mom had the hardest time getting me to bed before 11pm.

  • Oct 30, 2007 10:44 PM GMT
    Trust me man I know how hard it is to work out on little sleep. I'm a ballet dancer so working out is my job haha. I usually have a 1.5 hour technique in the morning and 5-6 hours of rehearsals a day jumping, turning, partnering, lifting the girls etc. I average about 4-5 hours of sleep a night during weekdays. The only way I can make up for it is to sleep in on the weekends. Oftentimes I sleep over 12 hours Friday and Saturday night. When I don't do this on the weekend my whole next week of work I feel tired and more sore. Unfortunately marathon sleep sessions just aren't possible for everyone lol.
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    Oct 31, 2007 8:38 PM GMT
    No .......that exactly how i make it. 4-5 hours a sleep during the week and lots of catch up or naps on the weekends. If I dont sleep on the weekends my grades are lower, working out sucks, and im very grumpy.
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    Nov 07, 2007 9:03 PM GMT
    At your age you need more sleep. Do you consume a lot of caffeine? If so try and cut back. I get about 5 hours a night due to drug side effects, but I still work out every day (first thing in the morning) and work during the week. I am a bit tired but only get exhausted if it slips to 3-4 hours a night. I find as I get older I need less sleep.

    Hope you are enjoying your psychology classes, I got my 4-year degree in Psychology before getting my MBA.