Answer me this: does the photo below represent your current state? It does me. Like.all.the.time.
Little sleep = poor performance, skin blemishes, weight gain, stupid brain, hormonal imbalance aka: whacked out woman!…..so that’s what’s wrong with me.
I’ve been trying to live and train off 5.5-6.5 hours of sleep. This is a pretty solid deficit!
Check out Tina Muir’s podcast here where she interviews James Maas about the critical training element that is sleep. Run to the Top podcasts are very informative, entertaining and worth a listen. Especially this one.
Give the podcast a listen to answer his five questions and discover if you may be chronically tired.
Another favorite episode:
Sleep worked so well for me last night that I ended up running a longer than planned workout this morning. I had 5 x 1k on the schedule today (4×1200 was next week) and ended up with 5 x 1200m (0.75 miles) with 400m rest intervals. And I hit goal paces (goal: 4:50) during the session with gas left in the tank. I felt like a freaking champion! Even with the nasty weather. Maybe I was just having a good day. Maybe it was the sleep…
Get more zzzz:
- Turn off all electronics at least 30 minutes (an hour is better) before bed.
- No coffee or caffeine after 12-2 pm
- Keep your room dark and cool. Ideal is 69* for me personally. Science can back me up on this!
- Get spouses on board! Talk to them about how important rest is.
- Try reading a book before bed. Have a kindle? Turn the backlight down.
- Keep a journal by your bed to write down any worries you may have running through your brain, pray, rest.
- Use lavender essential oil on your pillow. Ooh it’s so nice! Works for me!
It’s time to start making sleep a regular friend. Tonight I shall be in bed before 9:00 pm. Because I rock n roll like that y’all.
Oh, speaking of Rock n Roll the Virginia Beach half-marathon prices increase July 31!!!! Register HERE and use code: runpink2016 for $15 off. You’re welcome. I’ll be there sweating and running 13.1 beachy miles! Sooooo excited!
On average how many hours do you sleep? Do you feel chronically tired?