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Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Do You Sleep?

Today I ventured outside for an early morning run. Due to the recent time change it has been getting dark ridiculously early in the evening, so I decided my option during the week is to run in the morning. My alarm went off early and I was out the door by 6:30. I didn’t run very far or very fast but the point is…..I was out there. :)

I think I am going to enjoy morning running as long as I can get to sleep a little earlier. I think I need 8 hours of sleep to “really function” but because I am a college student I have trained myself to survive five (and that is without any caffeine!) :) So, here is a question for you…on average how many hours of sleep do you get a night and do you think your sleep patterns affect the way you run?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

on the average, it's about 7 hours on a weeknight, 8 on the weekends. if i'm running hard or putting in lots of miles, i try to make a point of being in bed around 9pm (since i'm up in the morning at 4:30-5). i'm pretty well conditioned to the early bed time now (and usually pretty tired and ready for sleep around 8pm). although, watching the hilariously poor acting of horatio on csi:miami on monday nights often makes that target difficult...

=)

- jeff

susie said...

I have discovered over the years that I really do need at least 8 hours, but I don't get it. I usually go to bed at 9:30 and get up at 5, giving me time to eat breakfast before I run or go to the gym. And, yes, the nights I'm up late make for baaaaad running the am. I have also discovered I don't run as well in the evening--too pooped I guess.

Anonymous said...

sleep is very important for me to be functional during the day at least 7 will do me fine. I find that a nice hot bath for 15 minutes at night before bed gives me a more rested feeling in the moring...so basically if I can't get the 7 hrs I'll take a quick bath (it seems to replenish the sleep I missed - also it helps me to fall alseep faster because I'm relaxed - therefore no tossing and turning which is a positive outcome for a moring run)

Alisa said...

Nice blog....I love the pink. I give yo my encouragement to keep running...something I could never do. I swim though! (for a while I was swimming 4 miles a day)

brent said...

i think i survived on low sleep in college because of naps...oh heavenly naps. don't get those anymore because i'm a working stiff now. anything over 6 hours and i can do ok. under 5 and i'm a wreck. running and lifting, they both help me sleep like a log :)

ncmunchkin said...

I try for 6-7 hours but usually that doesn't happen. I know that I need more but I really don't fall asleep very well, nor do I have restful nights. I used to have to take Ambien to get a good night's rest and I've been toying with the idea of talking with the doc again, but who wants to depend on medication to get sleep? Since I usually run after work, I'm not sure how my sleep (or lack of) affects my running, but it sure affects my power to make it thru work all day.

Richard said...

I wish I could confidently kick back and say, "Oh, I only need a few hours here and there," because that would fit the suave image I naturally try to cultivate. But its not true. I work best with 8-9 hours, and enjoy more like 10 since I'm perpetually in sleep-debt to myself. I often get about 7.

The last time I was really, truly caught up on sleep was the trip that I took to CA in 2002 during which I propsed to my (now) wife. We had two weeks with no real schedule and no alarm clocks. That was the last time I didn't have at least a shadow below my eyes.

Sigh.

april anne said...

Alisa-Thanks for the nice comments. I love the pink too! As for running, I am sure you can do it. If I can run....anyone can run! :)

Mark I. said...

I need 8 hours. If I get 6 or less, I am tired and I start to get worn out especially if I'm training hard. Sleep is a very very good thing and something I look forward to getting more of when my kids begin sleeping through the night!