As I type this, I’m watching the clock, and the sun, while I rub my tired eyes.
I’ve mentioned a few times before how I have a weird sleep pattern. It’s less of a weird pattern, and more just that I’m a terrible sleeper. In the last 3 months of FitBit data, it turns out, no matter how many hours I’m in bed, I’m only averaging about 4.5 hours of sleep. 4.5 hours!?!
So I thought I’d do a little reading about how that might impact me.
Mark Remy wrote an article in Runner’s World a few years ago on a study that showed the impact of”sleep loading” on runners. It turns out, it can improve your performance.
Around the same time, Matt Fitzgerald wrote about research on the impact of sleep deprivation on running. While actual performance may not change, your perception changes, and so therefore your performance changes.
Finally, as has been shown in numerous studies, last year Runner’s World reported how lack of sleep changes your eating habits. No surprise, you make worse choices. Both in terms of what kind of foods you think you should eat, and how much to consume.
After only a mere 3 hours of sleep last night (spring allergies have hit me harder than the mile 20 wall) I promised myself I’m going to bed absurdly early tonight. So while you’re watching whatever guilty pleasure show is aired on Tuesday nights, I’ll hopefully be sleeping soundly.
Are you a good sleeper?
What’s your feeling on sleep loading before races? Have you ever done it?
What’s your go-to tired comfort food?