Sleep and Muscle Recovery
Not making the strength gains you think you should be?
How’s your sleep?
Lack of sleep and poor sleep quality negatively impacts coordination, mental focus and inhibits muscle growth and repair.
Many people don’t realize that sleep is an active physiological state for our bodies. There are thousands of processes taking place that affect our hormones, immune system, and muscle recovery, in addition to affecting our mood and mental clarity. During deep sleep our brains are less active, so the blood flow to our muscles increases, rejuvenating and repairing our tissues. This is also when our body releases most of its growth hormone. Having a deficiency in growth hormone is associated with increased obesity, decreased muscle mass and a reduced exercise capacity.
One or two nights of reduced sleep probably won’t impact your performance too much; however, consistently not getting enough sleep could be the culprit keeping you from achieving your goals. According to the the National Sleep Foundations guidelines the average adult should get between seven and nine hours per night.
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