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    Sleep or Work Out?

    I work full time and attend law school at night. As you can imagine, this leads to a pretty hectic schedule. This semester, I am in class four nights a week, which eats into my workout time. So, I had planned to get up at 5:30 AM so that I can get my workouts in during the week (nothing too punishing - 20-30 minutes of ballet, or lifting heavy things, or yoga). BUT, now I'm second guessing the getting up early. I otherwise would get up at 6:00 AM, so this isn't much earlier than my usual time. However, this means I will generally log 6.5-7.5 hours of sleep a night, because of how late class goes. So, which is more important?

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    I'd say try it for a week or two and see how it affects work and school, then go from there.
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    No one on this site can make a desicion for themselves. And apparently no one on this site can do research for themselves. Heres an idea; work out. If your tired, dont work out. Holly fuck hey? Howevever, i did read that if oyu get less than 8 hours of sleep a night then your life expectancy is reduced by 20 years....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingofturtles View Post
    No one on this site can make a desicion for themselves. And apparently no one on this site can do research for themselves. Heres an idea; work out. If your tired, dont work out. Holly fuck hey? Howevever, i did read that if oyu get less than 8 hours of sleep a night then your life expectancy is reduced by 20 years....
    Well, aren't you a ray of sunshine. Here's an idea - if you can't be helpful, don't reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lexie View Post
    Well, aren't you a ray of sunshine. Here's an idea - if you can't be helpful, don't reply.
    I did help. I said workout and if your tired stop. I dont know why you think people on this board can tell you whats right for you body. Just figure it out yourself. Theres no rules. And if you really want to read about how much sleep you need, try using google and research it yourself and get first hand info. No one does their own leg work anymore, they just join forums and ask other people to do the leg work for them. News flash, not everyone here knows what they are talking about. I used to eat up all the info in the nutritian board till I realized they were all idiots. As soon as someone says primal is not low carb, which is basicaly one of the main points of primal, then they lose all respect.

    Anyway, my point is, figure it out for yourself. Dont assume everyone here has an idea of what they are talking about. Some do. All think they do. 90% do not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingofturtles View Post
    No one on this site can make a desicion for themselves. And apparently no one on this site can do research for themselves. Heres an idea; work out. If your tired, dont work out. Holly fuck hey? Howevever, i did read that if oyu get less than 8 hours of sleep a night then your life expectancy is reduced by 20 years....
    Yeah, you are a douche and then you make some bullshit up about 8 hours a night (did Oprah tell you that). What you don't get is that many people here do have pretty extensive education and this is a free resource to ask open and honest questions when your not quite sure. You can have fun and crack some jokes, but seriously if your just gonna pop in to say "figure it out dummy" WTF good are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neckhammer View Post
    Yeah, you are a douche and then you make some bullshit up about 8 hours a night (did Oprah tell you that). What you don't get is that many people here do have pretty extensive education and this is a free resource to ask open and honest questions when your not quite sure. You can have fun and crack some jokes, but seriously if your just gonna pop in to say "figure it out dummy" WTF good are you?
    Seriously? That 8 hours of sleep thing was obviously a joke. Pump ur breaks.

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    Well, if it absolutely comes down to is, sleep is more important. It's a biological imperative. But it's also an individual thing.

    Are you getting enough sleep now? Do you feel tired often? Do you have a hard time waking up? Or do you wake up at 6am feeling fine and ready to go?

    Do your doubts come from being worried about sleep quantity, or is it just because 5:30 seems early?

    Unless you're chronically tired, you can probably do with slightly less sleep. At least in the short term, as a trial. But don't cut your sleep back too aggressively, because it really is important.

    Is there other time you can carve out for training?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyFossett View Post
    Well, if it absolutely comes down to is, sleep is more important. It's a biological imperative. But it's also an individual thing.

    Are you getting enough sleep now? Do you feel tired often? Do you have a hard time waking up? Or do you wake up at 6am feeling fine and ready to go?

    Do your doubts come from being worried about sleep quantity, or is it just because 5:30 seems early?

    Unless you're chronically tired, you can probably do with slightly less sleep. At least in the short term, as a trial. But don't cut your sleep back too aggressively, because it really is important.

    Is there other time you can carve out for training?
    My doubts come from being tired in the mornings. Even when waking at 6am, toward the end of the week, I do feel tired. Early in the week seems to be fine, but by Thursdays, I'm usually feeling tired as is. However, I do usually feel more energized throughout the day, even if I do something light and gentle like yoga, whereas if I don't exercise, it takes me longer to wake up. Given that my butt is stuck in a chair for 11-13 hours a day during the week, I'm trying to do a cost-benefit analysis. When both movement and sleep are important, it's hard choosing which to sacrifice, particularly when you're already struggling with weight you've put on.

    Quote Originally Posted by Forever Young View Post
    That is a hectic schedule you have there. I did the night school thing some years ago and its a killer! Four nights is a lot with working all day. Sleep is clearly number one here.

    The good news is that it doesn't take nearly as much training as most think to be in very good shape. So why not do one brief but intense weight training session on the weekend? Done properly, you'll make very good progress with this. Then maybe get some lighter activity in the other weekend day. With this approach you are still getting your training in and you'll have plenty of recovery time during the week.

    This is surely a time in your life where you have to make certain sacrifices to get through all of this. Eat real food, get as much sleep as possible, get one hard but short session in the gym and one lighter session and you'll be fine.
    It is a killer! Literally - my first three years were filled with me engaging in all sorts of unhealthy activities, as sort of a coping mechanism for the stress. I'm trying to fix that now, and luckily I will be done in May, so not too far to go.

    Usually on the weekends, I try to walk a lot because I sit so much during the day. I usually walk 2-4 hours over the course of two days, just to get outside and de-stress. I hadn't thought about lifting on the weekends because of that, but switching to one intense lifting session may be better than what I'm doing now. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lexie View Post
    My doubts come from being tired in the mornings. Even when waking at 6am, toward the end of the week, I do feel tired. Early in the week seems to be fine, but by Thursdays, I'm usually feeling tired as is. However, I do usually feel more energized throughout the day, even if I do something light and gentle like yoga, whereas if I don't exercise, it takes me longer to wake up. Given that my butt is stuck in a chair for 11-13 hours a day during the week, I'm trying to do a cost-benefit analysis. When both movement and sleep are important, it's hard choosing which to sacrifice, particularly when you're already struggling with weight you've put on.
    Then you probably need to prioritize your sleep.

    Try to find ways to get more movement if you don't have time to work out. Or try to do a short, intense workout less frequently - even a couple of 15 minute workouts is better than nothing.

    And when it comes to fat loss, diet is going to be a key.

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