The good folks at Precision Nutrition published an article titled "All About Sleep" which is a helpful piece covering several of the critical aspects of shut-eye. You can read the full article by clicking here, and we've included the intro below - it's definitely worth 5 minutes of your time!
People will go to great lengths to ensure that they have a smart and well structured exercise program, nutritional plan and supplementation regimen. Yet they often forget about or abandon their sleep and sleep quality.
Sleep is essential to health and survival. Even if you don’t eat very well, you can still expect to live around 75 years. But if you don’t sleep, you’ll likely check out in a couple of weeks — the Guinness World Record for sleep deprivation is 11 days. (For more reading on this, check out Scientific American: How Long Can Humans Stay Awake?)
Most of you aren’t going to try to break that record any time soon, even though medical students and parents of newborns might feel as though they are inadvertently trying. But even if you meet the basic requirement for sleep, are you sleeping optimally? And if not, what does poor sleep quality do to your body composition and eating habits? Are late nights in front of the TV, computer, or fridge leaving people fatigued, overfed, and with little ability to make nutritious food choices each day?
-Ryan Andrews (Precision Nutrition)
WOD for 08-03-16:
AMRAP 20 Minutes:
200m Run OR Row
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc... Rounds of "Pikachu"
1 Round of "Pikachu" is:
6 Burpee Box Jumps @ 24/20 in
9 Kettlebell Swings @ 70/53 lbs
This workout is ascending rounds of "Pikachu" preceded each time by a 200m run or row. The athlete will progress as follows:
1 Round of "Pikachu"
2 Rounds of "Pikachu"
3 Rounds of "Pikachu"
...until 20 minutes expires.
Score by total rounds of "Pikachu" completed, plus reps in any final partial round. Athletes may alternate run & row as desired.