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How Much Sleep Do We Need?

On average, people need 7 hours and 15 minutes of sleep in a 24 hour period. Researchers suggest that this does not have to be all at once and that genetics plays a large role in just how much sleep an individual requires. Some people may only require five hours of sleep and others nine hours. Everyone's sleep needs are different, and these requirements may change as we age.

Acute Sleep Loss

Your body is designed to absolve one night of inadequate sleep. If you lose one night of adequate rest, you won't necessarily feel good the next day, but you'll do okay. Your performance in the gym, on the field, or on the trails shouldn't see too much of a dip. The performance change would be relatively small, especially because you body is getting a lot of adrenaline.

Chronic Sleep Loss

After one day of inadequate sleep, you could start to accumulate a sleep debt that will be hard to rebound from. There is no substitute for sleep. Over time, a lack of sleep could start to wage war on your body and your performance. With chronic sleep loss, blood pressure starts to go up, blood sugar levels become worse, and risks of heart-related events go up. See your doctor immediately if you think you may be suffering from chronic insomnia.

Playing Catch-Up

If you're not sleeping as usual, start making up your deficit with short rests each day. Our bodies are designed to take naps in the mid-afternoon, that's why we get tired and may experience a two p.m. slump. Take a nap midday if you can, but for no more than 45 minutes. More than this and you will find it hard to sleep at night continuing your vicious sleep deprivation cycle.

Wake Up Schedule

No matter how bad your sleep was the night before, try waking up at around the same time each day. Strive for no more than a one-hour swing in your wake-up schedule. Go to bed at the same time every night, even weekends. If you do best on eight hours of sleep and need to get up at six a.m.? Get to bed at ten p.m. And don't lay down too late or too early. Getting in bed means going to sleep. Don't read or watch television in bed.

Sports Training in Orange County

Whether you’re an elite athlete or a weekend warrior, staying hydrated and getting enough sleep is essential for you to get the most out of your workout and feel good while doing it. For a motivational session, with the best sports training team in Santa Ana, call (714) 972-2762Athletic Republic Santa Ana is the very best in class, and each team member is dedicated to your athletic success.