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5 reasons sleep is important to your bodybuilding routine. You’re not afraid of the dark are you?

"They say most of your brain shuts down in cryo-sleep. All but the primitive side, the animal side. No wonder I'm still awake" - Riddick

I’m going to give you  my top 5 reasons for why sleep is important to both your diet and exercise as well as your overall health! These are my opionions based on the things that I have both read and experienced.

  1. Adequate amounts of sleep gives your brain and body the energy its needs to focus. Not to mention you decrease the need to take a nap in the middle of the day. You can’t perform your best if you’re not refreshed. Its IMPORTANT that you make sleeping a priority. Life tends to get in the way of a normal sleep schedule but if you really want to get the best results you need to sleep.
  2. Sleep time is a prime time for your body to repair and grow. Take advantage of that natural HGH (Human Growth Hormone) production by getting at least 8 hours of deep sleep. If you’re really worried about making gains in muscle or weight loss, having enough sleep is as important as your diet and your exercise.  You literally make progress when you’re getting enough sleep. If you want strength, SLEEP.
  3. Fights off bad moods, depression, irritability, keeps your immune system in check and even reduces headaches which can all occure when you haven’t had enough sleep.  Many people suffer from these issues and they don’t (or possibly do) realise that lack of sleep is the cause. Sometimes they even get enough sleep but they aren’t getting deep REM sleep.
  4.  Not enough sleep can increase cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol while helpful in several ways to the body can become bad when the levels are increased and can actually increase fat gain around the mid section and the rest of the body. Cortisol levels can also be raised through stressing out, so keep that in mind as well. Try smiling or laughing just because you can to reduce stress.
  5. Being on a consistent sleep schedule makes it easier to plan and execute your daily routine. If you’re always running late or always feeling like you never have enough time in your day, chances are you’re  not sleeping enough and taking a lot of naps throughout the day to make up for it. When you’re use to waking up at the same time each day your body will naturally start waking up around this time and you just might be able to get rid of your alarm clock.

To help identify if you’ve got a sleep problem I went and snagged this small list. [Source]

  • feel irritable or sleepy during the day?
    have difficulty staying awake when sitting still, watching television or reading?
    fall asleep or feel very tired while driving?
    have difficulty concentrating?
    often get told by others that you look tired?
    react slowly?
    have trouble controlling your emotions?
    feel like you have to take a nap almost every day?
    require caffeinated beverages to keep yourself going?

 

These are just a few of the reasons why you should be getting more sleep. If you have any more reason’s why a good night of sleep is important, feel free to add it in the comments section. Also feel free to share, link and tweet this page to anyone you think may find it useful.

 

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