Do You Sleep Enough?

I think if you can get a solid seven or eight hours of restful, uninterrupted sleep, you’re golden. In the off-season, I get six or seven hours a night like that and I’m fine. Once I start dieting and doing cardio and posing practice with Sheila Brown (she works with me and Branch), I have a hard time sleeping for more than an hour or two at a pop without waking up, and have a tough time getting back to sleep. I think the body becomes more efficient when you diet, mainly because you’re eating so clean. The brain doesn’t seem to require as much sleep, but physically I do tend to get more exhausted as the weeks of prep go on. That’s when I start taking what I call my “old man naps.” If I were able to sleep six hours straight, I wouldn’t need those. But regardless, I’m up at 4:00 a.m. every morning to do my cardio.

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