You can train as hard as you choose, but if you’re not getting that supplementary sleep then you will not be performing at your best, and you’re also putting your body under stresses that it won’t be able to cope with.
Sleep, in the fitness world, has to be considered as the best recovery tool out there.
If you’re lacking in sleep, there’s no alternative to help you meet the same levels of recovery.
A solid eight hours a night is the recommended dose, although there are people who can function on less. If you start your workout on less than adequate sleep, then your function will be seriously impaired, and can be compared to somebody turning up mildly drunk.
Hormones including testosterone and human growth hormone are working hard while you sleep, and helping to repair damaged tissue. When you are rested, your body is able to deal with what’s thrown at it, and this is why you get fewer coughs and colds when you are well rested.
If the choice is between fitting in an extra workout or getting the right hours of sleep – choose sleep every time.
when you get older especially my age 65 sleep can be interrupted by a host of things. I am aware that as a general rule my exercise performance will be impaired when I do not sleep well. However there are other situations when the mind takes over the body. Yesterday I was late for an appointment yet the night before I didnt go to bed until 11pm woke up with a stomach ache at 2am and was up for the most of the rest of the night only returning to bed and trying to rest around 7am. Because I was late and needed to go from north to south london via three trains I was in a terrible rush and I put myself in panic mode where my brain is entirely focued on getting me to my destination on time. For an hour I was walking extrmely fast running up and down stairs ignoring my lack of sleep and also completing a 10 metre monkey bar with ease. By exercising in this manner, increasing my metabolism and during an intermittent fast state( perhaps another reason, avoiding nourishment of any form, my mind had only to think about the exercising I had in mind and not digesting food0 I was able to keep myself very much away for the remainder of the day. However if I attempted to do the same as I am doing today working from home without any particular objective I have spent the first half of the day feeling very lethargic due to the accumulated lack of sleep. Hope this helps.
I love my sleep so any excuse for more is good by me. I also find I sleep much better when I've been active, especially outdoors active.
post-Easter update - feeling fantastic! I did do some walking and some time on the outdoor gym in the park, but apart from that nothing and lots of sleep. Now raring to get back to the workouts!
Very brave of you to not exercise at all. Dan. Personally I did some hill walking but no proper workouts so I sort of feel like I had a break but still did something.
for the first time in ages I intend to use the four-day Easter weekend for recovery, rather than dashing off somewhere. No alarm clock, few screens and the back garden or park. Zzz....