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The importance of sleep

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    I have recently read books and articles which cover recent research findings about the importance of sleep. They present the large number of negative impacts on the health of the mind and body that will result from sleep deprivation, and shifting the natural schedule of the sleep cycles – roughly 10:00 to 6:00. In spite of the large amount of people who claim to require less than 8 hours of sleep, and that rising at 5 am for a morning workout is no problem, the actual number of people whose bodies can do that while maintaining good long-term health is microscopic. In my opinion, sometimes the volume of time required by training plans do not allow for sufficient sleep. This includes 80/20, due to the inherent amount of LSD training. Could you please address this? Thank you.

    Matt Fitzgerald

    You raise an interesting issue. I will say at the outset that nothing about the 80/20 approach requires athletes to train more. In fact, almost the opposite is true. Athletes gain more benefit from any amount of training they choose to do by adhering to an 80/20 intensity balance.

    With my one-on-one clients, I pay close attention to sleep patterns and consider them in planning training. Self-coached athletes need to take responsibility for their own sleep. All I can say is that I would never encourage any athlete to sacrifice sleep for training. I should probably hit this topic in a future blog post!

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