This is a fantastic question that I’ve definitely been asked by my beautiful bleary-eyed Bootcampers more than once. Here’s the deal:
1. You should be averaging between 7-8 hours of sleep every night, with minimal fluctuations between weekdays and weekends. If you aren’t in this zone, this would be a fantastic thing to focus on for this Challenge.
2. If you are in that zone, it’s ok to rise 30 mins earlier or so to get your workout in, 3 days a week.
3. If you are having trouble getting those 7-8 hours in regularly, you need to re-evaluate your schedule in order to fit in BOTH adequate sleep and exercise. You can’t allow this to be an either/or situation. That would be like saying ‘I have minimal time! Should I shower or eat food?’ Ummm…both. Figure it out.
4. However, if you are not getting enough sleep because of insomnia or restlessness at night (ie, not your scheduling), it may be worth sacrificing some sleep in the short term in order to start waking up at the same time every day and maintaining a regular exercise program. Both of these habits will eventually contribute to better quantity and quality of sleep.