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How much sleep do you guys get ?(16 posts)

How much sleep do you guys get ?Underdog
May 4, 2001 7:32 AM
I have been trying to commute to work. It is a 17 mile ride in. My problem is I only get about 6 hrs of sleep.I know doctors recommend 8 hours. But with kids and early report time to work I'm lucky if I get six. I guess I'm wondering what other cyclists get.
8-10 hours a nightOnrhodes
May 4, 2001 7:47 AM
But I have no life. I'm single, live by myself and have no social life except for racing......
same here.....jayz
May 4, 2001 12:50 PM
friday night for me consists of "Sabrina, the teenage witch" and then to bed at 9-10. pathetic is that?
Read a report that says 10 is what we SHOULD get....Largo
May 4, 2001 8:00 PM
And if you are getting lees than that, you are classified as "sleep deprived" Hmmmmmmmm
I am like onrhodes, i get at least 8, but have no life except for school and training/racing.
Am i a geek?
me too but im proud of it and will never changeishmael
May 4, 2001 8:50 PM
unlike the other super sleepers im not self depricating super cool..but no matter what the options are at night ill leave and go to bed if i feel the slightest bit woozy..dont like smokey loud bars anyway..i average about 9..i go to school and have a part-time job..learning to be a teacher so i can have off all summer to relax...those who sleep less need a part-time job...get a cheaper bike if you must but work less
re: How much sleep do you guys get ?PaulCL
May 4, 2001 7:47 AM reference to my post below about getting enough sleep before a century, I try to get 8 hour a night. I am no night-owl. I'm usually in bed before 11, and get up at 7:15. Unless I'm riding in the morning, then I get up at 6 and am on the bike by 6:30.
re: How much sleep do you guys get ?SleepyHead
May 4, 2001 7:59 AM
Since I have started riding, I have found out that I need ALOT more sleep. And I'm not getting it. I used to go to bed at 10:30-11:00PM. But in the last few years, I find that I have a hard time getting to sleep before midnite. Since I began riding, I have found that its harder for me to get up. I have sworn that I'm gonna start forcing myself to turn off the TV, Computer, 10:30 and go to bed.
6 hrs is what you need nmconfusion
May 4, 2001 8:00 AM
Wrong about the six hours...Cory
May 4, 2001 10:04 AM
Not to get all pseudo-medical here, but I've done several stories on sleep, sleep disorders and sleep deprivation. I only average 5-6 hours myself, but virtually every specialist I've interviewed agrees that nearly everyone needs in the range of 8 hours. Hardly anybody gets it, but when you do, your mental and physical performance improve.
There's a lot of information available on this on the under "sleep hygiene," for a start.
I agree. 5-6 isn't terrible once in awhile, but 7 is good andbill
May 4, 2001 10:14 AM
the elusive 8 is incredible.
As a dad, I can tell you that it doesn't matter when the babies go down; they're up at 6-7, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. And then sometime in the afternoon, if they haven't had enough, they get cranky. And then later in the evening, they're miserable. Everyone is miserable. Lesson in there for everyone -- go to bed at a regular time, wake up at a regular time, everybody's happier/healthier.
Less than 7 leaves me with a bit of an edge that I can work around, but I'm not banging on all cylinders.
Onrhodes gets it right . . .Alan B
May 4, 2001 10:03 AM
According to all the studies 8-10 is best for you. Unfortunately, with 3 kids ranging from 3-14 years old and a wife who would occassionally like my company, I'm lucky to average 7.
just had a new babyColnagoFE
May 4, 2001 11:15 AM
so maybe 3-4 hours max these days. YAWN!
I wonder...Mel Erickson
May 4, 2001 11:42 AM
if there's a "formula" we could apply which may be derived from the study of a population of, say, 500 individuals who walked in from the street and their number of hours of sleep recorded? Sound familiar? I get about 6 hours and wish I could get more. Everyone is different. Put yourself in a completely dark room with no clock for a week and let your circadian cycle take over. Then measure the number of hours you sleep in 24. Deduct your age and anything else that disrupts your sleep (kids, work, wife ;), etc.) and there you have it. Your Maximum Sleep Rate, MSR!
Sometimes I feel like Superman....Cartman
May 4, 2001 1:30 PM
I usually am in bed around 1:15 AM ( I work 4 to midnight) and I usually get up around 8. Last weekend, I was up at 9AM, went for a 40 mile ride, in to work at 4. Once there, they asked if I wanted to stay Midnight to eight. What the hell, I thought, I need the $$. I suffered throught the night, was in bed at 8:30 AM, slept 'till noon, then got up and went on a 50 mile ride. I think I'm prepared, as far as sleep deprivation goes, for a long brevet.
Five - seven hours on weekdays....E3
May 4, 2001 5:48 PM
I try to get eight on weekends. I feel much better during the workweek if I do.

The maddening thing is that I like like to stay up a little later on Fri and Sat nights, 11:00 or 12:00, but I won't sleep any later than about 6:15 am. So, I've got to force myself to bed so I can get enough sleep. That's hard to do when Iron Chef or hockey is on TV.

I do not notice my amount of cycling having much of an effect on my normal sleep needs. However, after a long morning ride, I do have a tendency toward a subsequent nap attack. If I can squeeze in a short (20 -40 minute) nap, I'm good to go. But kids and family time usually derail my naps. I try to bargain by telling them I'll be grouchy otherwise, which is sometimes the truth.
6 for me, toolook271
May 4, 2001 6:48 PM
2nd shift, get kids up in the am for school, get home @ 1230am. Pretty much used to it now.