Rest plays a huge role in our recovery between workouts. I remember when I first took up this sport, my coach told us that if we started getting headaches or interruptions in our sleep, it was a sign of overtraining. And if you’re feeling particularly sluggish, it could also mean you need to back off on your training or your body might be fighting off a bug.
Up until a couple of months ago, keeping a log of my sleep wasn’t very appealing. Sometimes I have a hard enough time recording my workouts. It just seemed a tad over-the-top and arduous, until I discovered Sleep On It. It’s a free iPhone app that’s an alarm clock that allows you to track how long you’ve slept, the quality of your sleep, your mood and other symptoms with the press of a button. It works even if your phone is in sleep mode.
Of course, a lot of things can interrupt our sleep, like my young neighbor who I affectionately refer to as the Gorilla Next Door or the nocturnal Mr. Seven (see previous post) who was doing wind sprints around the house and pounce pick-ups on the bed in the wee hours last night.