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How much you sleep vs. when you sleep - how much do these affect your training?

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Old 05-09-10, 07:32 PM
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How much you sleep vs. when you sleep - how much do these affect your training?

For myself, I notice that I tend to wake up feeling more rested if I get my 8 hours in starting in the late evening (say between 10pm and midnight). If I sleep the same number of hours, but starting later, as in 2am or so, I don't feel as good the next day. Most of the time I get around 8 hours, but most of the time I can do ok on 7 hours, but not less if I am training hard. After epic workouts, I might sleep 9 hours. I'm curious what others have noticed for themselves regarding this sort of stuff...

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i don't care when I sleep, but I sleep on average 9 hrs/night. anything less than 8 makes me really really tired.
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For myself, I notice that I tend to wake up feeling more rested if I get my 8 hours in starting in the late evening (say between 10pm and midnight). If I sleep the same number of hours, but starting later, as in 2am or so, I don't feel as good the next day. Most of the time I get around 8 hours, but most of the time I can do ok on 7 hours, but not less if I am training hard. After epic workouts, I might sleep 9 hours. I'm curious what others have noticed for themselves regarding this sort of stuff...
after any hard work out, i need at least 8. normally, 7 would suffice. it is suggested that consistency of when you go to sleep is important, so the tiredness you feel after sleeping at 2am for eight hours might be a manifestation of that. and it's also suggested that two nights before, not one night before, is the most important sleep as far as competition is concerned
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I usually get 4 or 5 hrs sleep. I should get more but I'm up too late for my early riser routine ...
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i usually get 6-7 at night

i also usually nap through my half hour lunch break at work

i know its not enough and i know it hurts my training

its something i struggle with.
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I don't sleep.


But no really, I try to get to be before 11 most of the time, usually doesn't happen. 8 hours of sleep weekdays, maybe 10 weekends. I prefer 8 after I get moving.
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10:30p-7a just about every night. If I'm up til 2 I know I'm gonna be hurtin' the next day, as it means I'm partying.

I don't think a little lost sleep affect the next days training. But it does become noticeable a day or two after that. Something about knocking the body out of rhythm or something...
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and it's also suggested that two nights before, not one night before, is the most important sleep as far as competition is concerned
+1. 2 nights before a race I'll try to get 9-10 hours of sleep instead of my normal 7. That way if I only get 5-6 on race day I'm still ok.
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never been one to claim the "3-6 hours". If I don't get 8, from 10-6:30-ish I'm cranky. If I get 6 two nights in a row -- I'm worthless.

I got 4 last night and was almost sick in the afternoon (there was a lot of riding this weekend, but still)
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quality of sleep is more important than quantity. eating the correct high quality foods will help the body be able to reach a deep sleep and recover more quickly. With that said, I feel best when I go to bet around 22:00 and get up at 06:00.
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i don't care when I sleep, but I sleep on average 9 hrs/night. anything less than 8 makes me really really tired.
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Four hours there, 3 hours somewhere else.. Too irregular.. Another reason some of us are just not cut out to be racers.. Let alone functional at work.
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I generally get 5-6hrs of sleep, and I am always tired.
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7.5-9 almost every night. Maybe once a month do I get less than 7.5.

Typically asleep before 10 and awake between 5:45 and 6:45. I get an extra hour or two on mondays and fridays and any weekekend day I'm not racing.

Regular and deep sleep has made a huge difference in how consistently rested, fresh and generally "good" i feel.

It's one of the best habits I can think of developing for athletes and non-athletes alike.

Unbelievable how much better I feel now that I sleep better.

Try it.
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7.5 seems good for me. Before Bethel I typically get 2-5 hours sleep for a couple days as I try and get things done (plus I work it for the 6 hours before I race). Since I ride best at Bethel it either means I should race sleepy or everyone else really does treat it as a training race (whereas for me it's an A race).

Recently I've been getting up 4-5 hours into sleep, sometimes less. Spent much of Mother's day sleeping. Only 5 hours last night.

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7-8 hours is optimal. Below 7 I get cranky. I begin to think about not doing a workout if I can't get at least 6 hours sleep afterward (and then I'm usually wiped out the next day).
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ha ha, old people...
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Originally Posted by badhat View Post
i usually get 6-7 at night

i also usually nap through my half hour lunch break at work

i know its not enough and i know it hurts my training

its something i struggle with.
Same here...minus the nap at work.
And getting up early for a race is even worse.
No wonder I feel tired and look like a zombie at every race.
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Originally Posted by agoodale View Post
+1. 2 nights before a race I'll try to get 9-10 hours of sleep instead of my normal 7. That way if I only get 5-6 on race day I'm still ok.
I'm the same way. I don't even care if it's true or not, psychologically it's a huge help to me not having to worry about how much sleep I'm getting the night before. I'm usually stressed enough as it is, not having to sweat only sleeping 5 or 6 hours because I'm waking up at 4-whatever in the morning on race day makes life easier.
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My training is harder than racing. I get to sleep in on race day.
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