After reading both The Sleep Solution and Why We Sleep, I’ve gotten better at accepting that I sleep…just not that long. Recently it’s been pretty rough because I’ve been listening to podcasts where athletes are saying it’s crucial they get 9 hours of sleep a night.
Fair enough, but what about those athletes that don’t get 9 hours of sleep a night? Are we just hamstrung because we’re not recovering enough? Are there any high-level athletes that get 6-7 hours a night (consistently) and improve year over year?
I know Dr. Walker and Dr. Winters disagree on this issue, but surely there are some people that only need 6-7 hours a night to recover sufficiently.