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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Does lack of sleep affect your running?

My sleeping habits have become almost as atrocious as my eating habits (who let me buy that pint of Ben and Jerrys yesterday?!). I stay up so late every night and suffer struggle through the next day. Do I go to bed early the next night to catch up? No, I just get a second wind around 9 pm and stay up til 12:30 again that night. Makes sense, Sam, makes sense. It is seriously affecting my mood and my exercise habits (I'm slow and sluggish on runs, if I even make it out the door). It also affects your metabolism and can hinder you from losing weight! DANG IT. Even NPR did a story on sleep deprivation in teens recently (oh, c'mon just let me believe my age isn't that far off from being a teenager, would ya). And listen to this fact I learned: Lack of sleep also causes levels of growth hormone to decline. This reduces muscle mass and strength, increases fat tissue, and weakens the immune system. Source

What the heck am I doing to myself?! That episode of the lifetime t.v. series "Army Wives" on Netflix is not worth my health! Enough is enough. Last night I set an alarm on my phone that will go off at 10 pm every week night telling me to go to bed. Yes, I am 8 years old and need someone to enforce a bed time. Only problem is that iPhones have snooze buttons, a feature that did not exist on my mom when I was 8. We will see if I can stick to it. Maybe my iPhone could just give me a little electric shock if I try to hit snooze when the 10 pm alarm pops up. Is there an app for that? PATENT! TRADEMARK! Whatever it's called, just don't even think about stealing that idea. Prob gonna make millions on that app, guys.

In other randomness, I opened my g-mail account almost exactly 3 years ago. I don't have the patience or time to delete any of those dumb advertising e-mails I get from every single website I've ever been to, so I just let them sit in my in-box. Today I hit 10,000 un-read e-mails. Whoa. Maybe people like me are the reason google just installed that little "important" yellow tab on some e-mails. Don't worry, absolutely all blogger e-mails have a tab, none of you will be lost in the madness of my inbox.
 p.s. - How am I supposed to eat healthy when people at work give me free delicious super-cute cookies like this one??

Good thing I ate this for dinner:
Just the salad, not the twelve Luna bars. ha.
1. How many hours of sleep do you get on average? Do you still go for runs even when you're super tired?
2. Is your office full of left-over food from meetings? How do you avoid it?! It's FREE! (I have no idea why I think I'm still in college and on my Ramen-noodle budget).

Happy Running, 


Alyssa said...

I am totally on that path right now and my running is suffering! I've been super busy and not saying no to any social events, which is so much fun but killing my workouts. My mom definitely did not have the snooze option either, I would totally use your app! Honestly, a lot of the people I work with are sort of gross and when they bring stuff in I just ask myself "Do I know with certainty that they washed their hands after they went to the bathroom and before they touched that? Do I know whether or not they picked their nose?" NO, so no matter how good it looks I don't do it.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely need 8 hours of sleep or my run in the morning is heinous. Honestly, I'm happier with 10, but there just aren't enough hours in the day. Lucky for me, my husband does not come with a snooze button and he yells at me to go to bed a lot.

SeeAliEatSeeAliRun said...

I am a SLEEP SNOB. I seriously need 9 hours and will sneak away from any activity that may prevent me from getting this.

I can operate on 6 hours but forget about a run on that!

Netflix also steals my sleep. I have to turn it off like an hour before I want to go to bed or it sucks like 2 hours worth of my sleep!

Julia said...

ahhh! I have been getting terrible sleep lately. blah. even if i go to bed early i just get the worst sleep. it sucks! and is now kinda terrifying after realizing what it is doing to my body....eeeek!

that cookie really is cute...and looks delicious! sometimes we get food at work...and you better believe it looks liek i have never seen food before when it happens! haha!

theAlmostRunner said...

ten. thousand. emails. i can't even concentrate on the rest of the post.

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

Hi, new follower! That is a pretty impressive amount of unopened emails. They drive me nuts so I delete them at least once a week. I would have ate the cookie too, especially since I am about to do a sugar free challenge!

ashley (redonk runner) said...

OOOMMMMGGGG, your email stresses me the fuck out! i was sitting with my friend yesterday while she checked her email and she had over 4,000 and i was freakin' out on her ass.. i can't stand having 5 lol. crazy girl :)

Richelle said...

I average between 5-6 hours a night and have been doing that for a while. I think it's finally catching up with me because I've been so irritable at work lately. If I can squeeze in a couple more hours, then I'll be golden.

One of the other admin assistants at my office used to have a candy drawer. It was so hard for me to avoid it. She has since retired, and now her replacement buys fruit. Much better!

Jennifer said...

I need to get 8 hours in order to be a happy member of society. I usually get about 7 or 7.5 but it's not too bad. I try to go on runs when I'm tired but sometimes a nap is way better than hating myself through the miles.

The Green Girl said...

I think lack of sleep affects me overall. Every time I try to be an early morning worker outer, I end up sick because I'm not getting enough hours of sleep.

Ms. Duffy said...

I'm big on 8 hours, but I don't always get it (curse you Netflix!!!) 6 or less, though? Inhuman! I seriously feel physically ill if that's all I get. It's because I'm old now (*sigh*).

Also, "a feature that my mom didn't have when I was 8" almost made me laugh out loud, even at 6-ish in the morning on 7-ish hours of sleep

Julie said...

Lack of sleep affects everything in my life - including running. I try to get 8 hours a night. If I let it, my body prefers 9, which surprised me.

Running Ricig said...

I am a grandma, so I'm pretty much ready for bed by 9:30 and in bed by 10. I can't sleep in because I have a whiny dog that will poke me in the face for a walk at 6:00 am, so I'm screwed if I don't go to sleep.

I HATE/LOVE when people bring food into the office. It's a delicious treat, but I definitely don't need anymore sweets!

Your inbox terrifies me. I literally delete or file everything away almost as soon as it comes in.

Quinton J said... a funny word. it's like a unicorn to me. i still run when i'm tired. i find that i perk up right away. it's not until an hour or so AFTER my run that i fall over like a narcoleptic. then i get up and go straight to my work lunch room to look for free cookies

[Red Sox] Wife said...

I am SO on a need of 8 hours.. but probably only get about 7 or 6. and if i get less than 7, I cannot do early AM workouts.

I love that cookie!!! and I am a sucker for free food!!! whats not to love about something thats freee?

Jen said...

I need my sleep or I'm kind of a crabby person. But I will still run even if I'm tired. I get that second wind thing too as soon as the kids go to bed. Unfortunately that's when my night time eating begins. If I would just go to bed I'd be so much better off!
Thanks for all the good info!

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

I'll run even if I'm tired, but I manage a good 8-9 hours a night of sleep on top of any naps I take during my days off.

Frannie said...

I think I will just walk today and do my long run tomorrow! I had an emergency late last night and it only got resolved late the following day. I'll just sleep early tonight (yes, I feel ya on being a sleep snob!)