Someone was telling me how they felt SO TIRED they could cry.
She just wanted to sleep all the time and was VERY embarrassed by it.
I asked her how much sleep she got and if she had time to get her head down any more often, like an afternoon nap.
She said she felt GUILTY if she did. Like she was taking the mick out of her partner.
Today I’m going to share with you why you should not feel guilty or embarrassed if you need to sleep and how you can actually sleep yourself better like I did.
Not many people know this but about 10 years ago I used to have some pretty serious energy problems, I used to be tired all the time.
Not just tired, I mean exhausted.
I could sleep on a chicken’s lip – on a washing line.
I had burned myself out working long hours and living an unhealthy lifestyle.
The fitness industry is BRUTAL, most newly qualified trainers quit within the first 3-5 years.
A normal day consists of an early start followed by some time off during the day and then an evening shift til maybe 8, 9 or 10pm.
I was on my knees dragging myself around and out of desperation I started to go to bed straight after my tea at about 9.30pm.
It was all about survival, I just had to keep it together and just make it to work, and not call in sick because I was so knackered.
(which I did on many occasions)
In addition to this I used the gap in the middle of my working day to sleep for 2-3 hrs again.
The more I slept the more I wanted to sleep.
Sleeping had become my secret pleasure.
Looking back I may have had some sort of depression or illness, who knows.
I did this every day for a long time and only then did I notice I started to find it harder and harder to fall asleep in the daytime, I thought it was a sign that I must be getting better.
I was, so I started training again, just once a week.
I was as weak as a kitten.
But I did what I could.
Did that for another six months or so.
It finally started to get a bit easier.
It was a gradual process.
Full recovery from fatigue can take years.
It needs to be gentle.
I read in books and research papers that sleep could be therapeutic.
I also found out that people who slept more and had naps in the day actually LIVED LONGER.
I didn’t need any more reasons than that to sleep.
No more guilt.
That’s why I’m a strong believer, in certain circumstances, you can sleep yourself better.
It can sometimes be better for you than training. It can actually help your training too.
I still have afternoon naps if the feeling takes me, and the diary allows me, I feel great when I get up.
Rich “siesta” Clarke
PS – On this week’s podcast we discuss:
– Quick pre workout snacks
– Is Organo Gold coffee any good?
– Best exercises for your lower abs
– Is compression clothing effective?
And a lot more.