Most everyone knows that adequate sleep is just as much an intregal part of reaching fitness goals as smart training and nutrition.
It is also clear that different people need different amounts to maintain optimum body and brain function. Given the opportunity to sleep undisturbed, and wake up when the body is ready, people seem to range between 5.5 and 8.5 hours a night.
My question is two fold:
What percentage of this undisturbed sleep is absolutely necessary to maintain optimum brain and body function? In other words, is 7.5 hours of sleep per night enough for someone who would typically sleep 8.25 hours per night, given the opportunity? Does feeling tired mean that the body didn’t get the rest it absolutely needed?
I have found power naps to be extremely helpful on the days where I wasn’t able to get the sleep I wanted. Even if I didn’t actually sleep, just the action of closing my eyes for 10 minutes seems to recharge the batteries.
Any other tips on how to recoup some of that lost rest?
Any supps you guys have used that have proven to be helpful?
Finally, maybe somebody can relate to this situation and has some advice: I have been with my girlfriend for about a year now, and I still often find it difficult to get a decent nights rest when we spend the night together. For no other reason than that I am a light sleeper. Is there any way to train myself to become a heavier sleeper?