Ive read a lot about the importance of sleep, and looked at a few articles pounding that in. I was wondering if it is detrimental to have a 2 hour nap after working out (7:30-9:30pm) , then 7 hours of sleep later that night (5am-12pm).
It was a bizarre night with a lot of work I had to take care of, or i would have tried to sleep earlier. My question is: Is it bad to split up your sleep like that? What if it was something like 2 hours in the evening then only 5 or 6 hours at night? Thanks.[/quote]
First, not everyone needs 8 hours of sleep. You might function perfectly well on 6 hours, or you might need 10 hours, everyone is different, so don’t rely on the industry standard.
Second, if you really do need 8 hours of sleep, then getting 6 at night and a 2 hour nap is better than just getting the 6 at night with no nap.
Obviously it would be more beneficial to get 8 hours straight rather than two 4 hour sessions, since you could be in REM for longer, but you have to realize that it’s not a perfect world, and when things don’t go as planned, you just do the best you can.
If that means taking a nap to offset lack of sleep, or eating a less than ideal food as opposed to missing a meal, or only getting in a 30 minute workout instead of the usual hour, so be it.