My mission this season is to get my recovery process improved. The last few weeks I've been tracking how much I sleep and my resting heart rate, then I look at what it takes to do my workouts, and I have to tell you, it's one thing to read about the damage of sleep deprivation, it's another to see your own numbers staring you squarely in the face.
Mind you, I don't usually have any problems falling asleep, it's actually just getting to bed. I know many of you probably have the same issue. You tell everyone goodnight and then take 30 to 60 minutes to actually get into the bed and put your head on a pillow. I'll just put those dishes away, fold a load of laundry or any number of the bajillion little things needing done, and pretty soon, you've lost an hour of precious sleep.
Right now, I'm averaging about 6.5 hrs a night. It's not enough and the new habit I'm trying to install is to start the go-to-bed routine at 8:30p. Don't make fun of me. I get up real early. What are your sleep habits?
Here's a good article describing the impact of sleep deprivation.
Experience Life Magazine: Sleep Deficit: The Hidden Debt That's Hurting Us All
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