Why I Sleep 5 Hours

Cory Gregory

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My sleep schedule freaks people out, I get it.  Every doctor I’ve ever met says that every human needs to sleep around eight hours, and I’m not disputing that.  What I am disputing (to some degree), is that everyone is different.  I believe that most people don’t consider external factors such as stress, confidence, nutrition, training, hormones, etc.  They ALL come into play when it comes to sleep.

Sleep = Recovery

Most of the time I sleep five hours per night, Monday through Saturday, finishing the week with about seven hours on Sunday.  That has been my sleep schedule for as long as I can remember.  I know exactly what results that schedule yields me.  Based off my experience, I believe it is the closest possible balance that I can reach with family requirements, training & competing, and managing/being a part of FIVE business ventures.

If you want to be able to attempt to do many things at a high level, then something is going to have to give.  In my mind, I’m not willing to give on any of those things, even being in business for over 20 years.  I want to do WELL with them all, giving them all that I have.

You may say, “Then what takes a backseat?”  My sleep.  I would argue that my five hours may be better than your eight hours.  Although I can’t prove this, this is why I think this.  I go on feel and application.  When I go asleep, I am ASLEEP.  Instantly.  Because I’m tired.  That’s just the truth.  When I get my five hours, I’m getting every second of it.  I can feel it.  You may be getting eight hours, but how deep are those eight hours?  For example, maybe you didn’t eat well that day, you drink alcohol three days per week, or are so stressed out at night that your brain can’t calm down.  That’s my point.

It’s hard for me to tell you to sleep less and it’s hard for you to tell me to sleep more.  All of these influences make a difference in the equation.  Maybe you can get by with seven, six and half or six hours.  What is your optimal amount of sleep? 

The outside influences are MASSIVE.  Healthy eating, training, supplementation, stress, etc. all play a role when it comes to sleeping well.  I know this because I have been out of balance before, which resulted in me needing more sleep.  I forced myself, out of necessity, to attempt to bring balance to get the most out of my entire day while awake and asleep.

I’m fortunate that my hobby is also my job, meaning that most of what I do other than media is based around the gym.  So, spending two hours every morning doing something I love and do for my job, is a luxury. 

I don’t believe that you can cheat sleep.  What I do believe is that if you optimize all the variables you can control, you can hack the system a bit.  Could you hack it one, two or three hours down?  At this point in time, I do not believe that I can hack the system down any more.  If I run on four or four and a half hours of sleep for multiple days in a row for example, everything starts to slack.  However, at five hours I can operate efficiently.  Then, when Sunday rolls around and I get seven, man do I feel awesome.  It’s getting me ready to start the process all over again.

If it didn’t work, why would I keep doing it?  The definition of insanity is doing something over and over again, expecting the same results.  I only do things that yield results, because if not it throws me back on my search of what will give me the results that I want. 

Will my schedule work for you?  That’s to be determined, but will a version of it afford you more results and opportunity?  That’s to be continued.