My old coach Dennis Barrett would always repeat, “Imitation is the greatest form of flattery”.
So let’s talk about sleep. How many hours are you sleeping every night?
I talked about sleep last month in the article Sleep – The Ultimate Repair Tool which focused on the duration of naps.
If you aren’t getting at least 7.5 hours (note how I don’t say 8 hours – I like multiples of 90 minute REM cycles), then check out the inforgraphic below.
This snippet is from http://fatiguescience.com. Click on the link for the full infographic.
Even Usain Bolt gets 8 to 10 hours a night. Like I said earlier, “Imitation is the greatest form of flattery”. If you want to train hard and recover, you have to sleep to repair the body. So you might as well copy Usain Bolt and his habits. (i.e the good habits, that is)
And why is Tiger Woods only getting 4-5 hours a night? Well, maybe he is in bed for 8 hours, but he sleeps only 4-5? Only Tiger knows for sure. It’s none of my business.