If there are two things we runners find ourselves talking about more than any other, it’s food … and, well, it’s probably just food. But that’s not the only thing we need to fuel our bodies.
Research has concluded that we really need at least 8 hours of sleep a night to live and run well, but this week, working overnight on a film, I found myself wondering how many runners actually afford themselves that much. Under normal circumstances I barely have time for six hours! I mean, I love sleeping, but I have other things to do!
For me it’s all about quality, not quantity. If it’s going to be light at all while I’m sleeping, I wear a mask. I take melatonin and wear a night guard when I’m stressed. I remove my dear-but-nocturnal pets from the room and close the door. I put my phone aside and read a book until the sandman helps me nod off. Getting better quality of sleep has definitely made a difference in my energy levels during waking hours, and especially while running.
So I want to know from you: How much sleep do you really get? Do you think quality of sleep contributes to your training? What lengths do you or would you go to in order to maximize the quality or quantity of your sleep?