I'm a college student who usually goes to bed very late, at around 3-4 AM in the morning, sometimes even 5 AM.
At the same time, however, im on summer break, so I'm still accustomed to this sleeping habit even though I don't need to stay up so late anymore. Regardless of sleeping so late, I still get the 8 hours of recommended sleep.
Trust me, I've tried sleeping earlier just because it seems like it should be better, but all that happens is I lie in bed at 1 in the morning, restless and unable to fall asleep for hours.
So, does it really matter when I go to bed?
P.S. How many times a week do you guys usually work out? I don't work out until my soreness is totally gone, which takes about 4 days... So needless to say, the most I've worked out was 2 times a week. Any thoughts?
06-19-2008, 08:23 PM #1
Does it matter *when* you sleep as long as you get 7-8 hours?
06-19-2008, 08:27 PM #2
It's best to sleep when its dark out, as this is in accordance with your circadian rythm. Your body reacts hormonally to how bright or dark it is outside, and the dark optimizes your hormones for a resting state.
That aside, you can sleep/eat/drink whenever you want, you're a big boy now.^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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like they said, it's best for your overall health to go to bed earlier and sleep while it's dark, and then wake up early in the morning.
that being said, im just like you. if im in bed at 3 AM then i'd consider that an early bed time. i've never been able to fall asleep early, even if i don't sleep at all one night to help me fall asleep earlier the next night, i'll be tired as hell and want to pass out for the entire next day, but as soon as i try to go to bed i am wide awake and can't fall asleep til at least 3 am. it sucks
anyways, i don't think it affects your recovery at all. you'd be better off going to bed and waking up nice and early, but as long as you get enough sleep you're fine as far as bodybuilding goes
06-19-2008, 09:03 PM #7
I have worked the evening shift at work for 3+ years. I dont get home from the gym till 3-4am. Your body adjusts to it as long as it is constent. Hell even on my days off I CANT sleep before 2-3AM I have tried but all I do is lay there staring at the ceiling.
The others are correct about the dark however, that is why my bed room has black out shades, I can make my room too dark to see your own hand in front of your face even at high noon on a sunny day. I sleep like a baby till noonish..Jaber Style Training - To perform ATG SQUATS (3X10) before EVERY workout. GAINS!!!
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