For those of you who have to get up very, very early in the morning to get to your long distance cycling events, or who do long distance cycling events that involve sleep deprivation (the longer brevets, 24-hour races, etc.) ...
Do you find that your sleep patterns become disrupted?
During the winter, when I don't get out of bed at any sort of unusual hour for work, school, or cycling, I usually sleep right through the night like a log.
But during the summer, it's a different story. I often have to be up at or before dawn to start my events on the weekends. One or two days a week I'm up at 5 am to commute to work. Before those weekend events or my commutes I'm in bed at an unusually early hour for me, different from my non-commuting days. Then add to that the fact that a number of my events also involve sleep deprivation.
All this equals .... me up in the middle of the night prowling around the house ... no more sleeping like a log through the night.
Do you notice a difference when you're in the middle of a season? Is there anything you do to get a good night's sleep when your patterns are all disrupted?
When I first started Randonneuring, I sheer exhaustion worked well for me. I actually fell asleep sitting on the edge of my bed after my first 300K ... I remember sitting down ... and the next thing I knew it was 14 hours later and I was lying in bed.
But as the years passed, I've slept less and less after my brevets and other long rides. I want to sleep more ... desperately ... but nope ... about 8 hours is as long as I can manage at one go without assistance (pills), and then I'm up.
I'm in the same boat as Machka-my first season of randonneuring I almost feel asleep in the shower after a 400k brevet but now mid-season years later-my sleep schedule is a bit "kooky." I'm up late ready to ride at night since the 600k last month...Knowing that PBP is on the horizon helps me in that I'll be up for a few nights with the 90 hour start-I think Paris is about 6 hopurs ahead of Eastern Standard time so if I'm up at midnight here then that'll be 6 a.m. there??
They do make a product designed to help with sleeping "the whole night through" called REM Caps but I haven't tried them yet... I think I am just getting very psyched for PBP this year. It has been four years and I'm excited to go again and see what has changed-in me-and how I do-how my changes in strategies-packing-preperation etc. make a difference and to just ride with 4000 other enthusiasts...