In the short run, you can get away with (too) little sleep. But as you said it, its brning the candle from both ends. IMHO too little sleep or bad sleeping patterns will eventually manifest itsself in severe problems.
The endocrine system will suffer (low T, high catecholamines, high estrogen) as well as diffrent neurotransmitter levels in the brain (mood swinigs, lethargy or over-aggression, depression, impotence). The CNS will not recover properly and this can lead to like 1’000 diffrent problems and diseases.
To stay healthy in the long run you’ll have to fix your habbits and simply sleep more…
I’m hoping all of this is fixed shortly. My kids start back to school Aug. 3rd and they are in the bed at 8:30pm - come hell or high water I plan to hit mine not long after that (fingers crossed). I’ve got to reconstruct my sleep patterns for sure. I know I’m not doing myself any favors - and I’m losing out on getting the maximum out of my workouts. I’ve made some great gains in the last year or so… It just makes me mad to know I could be further down the road.
I know it’s difficult. I remember times where I rarely got more than 4 hours of sleep. I worked in the lab for 12 hours a day, than had to work out, cook and keep the house clean.
It went pretty well for 2 or 2.5 years, but then I encountered some pretty severe problems. My testotsrone-levels were very low. I had huge mood swings throughout the day, no energy, problems to concentrate, and so on.
I had problems with my stomach all the time, I even developed a severe kind of gyno and had to have a surgery. I didn’t use steroids or anything, my own endocrine system was just so heavily out of balance.
Don’t stress yourself too much. Just try to make some positive and healthy adjustments. Live a bit, sleep a bit to little some nights if it’s worth not to sleep, but try to get a full 7-9 hours of sleep most of the nights…[/quote]
my first year at school sucked for sleep, usually about about 4-5 hr/night for a dude that was only 18, not good. I would always fall asleep during class, have less enegery in the gym and get INJURED. this year its my goal to get at leasy 7 hours of sleep every night, maybe sometimes 8-9.