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Subject: The single biggest determinant of my workout quality - SLEEP
I've found that the SINGLE biggest determinant of my workout quality is SLEEP. I

'm easily woken, and have a hard time sleeping more than 4 hours straight even if I wake up tired (have a very hard time getting back to sleep), and while I'll still usually make myself slog through planned workouts, they go SO much better if somehow I manage to get 7+hrs of sleep (challenging for me, even if my schedule allows it, just because my body keeps waking me up incessantly after the 4 hr mark.)

Anyone else finding that sleep may be the biggest factor in improving the quality of their workouts?


2013-06-20 8:17 PM
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It's certainly way up there. Recovery in general can be tricky to force on yourself. But yeah, why'd you have to publish the secret formula? ;-)
2013-06-20 11:05 PM
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Sleep, and making sure I get some good calories in soon after a workout. If I'm not careful about both I have a tough time getting all my workouts in, especially when I'm working out twice a day.
2013-06-21 3:58 AM
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Sleeps overrated! I'll get all the sleep I need when I'm dead. At least that's what I tell myself when I'm working 3rd shift and can't sleep during the day, My workouts always are slower and more painful when I've only had 4-5 hours sleep and it seems that my heart rate is higher during?
2013-06-21 7:29 AM
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Subject: RE: The single biggest determinant of my workout quality - SLEEP
I almost never get more than 6 hours of sleep. Usually I get somewhere around 5 to 5.5 hours of sleep a night. I don't know if it effects my workouts all that much, I am sure it does, but I rarely get more sleep than that before working out so I have no idea if my quality of workout would increase. One thing I notice is that I HAVE to have my recovery days where I don't work out. Those days I get to sleep in and get about 7 hours sleep and I wake up feeling completely restored. I can only imagine how much better my body would feel if i could get 7-8 hours sleep a night after working out. Must be nice
2013-06-21 8:03 AM
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Absolutely. Happened just this morning. Had a jammed packed weekend starting last Thursday that went straight into a 3 day conference I had to travel to. Busy days with not a lot of sleep. I was feeling it yesterday but decided I needed to get back to it. Got up at 4:30 this morning to hop on the trainer and only made it halfway through the trainerroad workout. I had nothing in the tank. Mental I wasn't there either.
I'm going to get to bed pretty early tonight and give it another go in the morning. After that a nap good nap Saturday or Sunday should get me back to where I need to be.


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