As a father of a 9 month old son, sleep is a luxury, that is not often experienced. I rarely exceed 5 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period. I can’t say that I recommend such a pattern, but I can say (without question) that the body can adapt to less than the traditional 8 or 9 hour recommendation.
According to many experts, I must be fatigued, weak, and constantly out of gas. The opposite is actually true however. I may not receive 8 hours of sleep, but I feel great, energized, and continue to make gains in the gym.
As I’ve said before, the body can adapt to much more than we realize. I am not suggesting that we all stop sleeping, but at the same time, don’t give up on yourself due to limited sleep (ex. a new parent).
In addition, make the most of a power nap if possible. I try to squeeze in a power nap once a day if time permits. Below are a few links that you may enjoy regarding this topic:
- Nap ‘as good as a full night’s sleep’
- “Power Nap” Prevents Burnout; Morning Sleep Perfects a Skill
- Snooze, You Win