Why is sleep so important to your muscle growth?
People often concentrate solely on their gym routine and their nutrition, but an often underlooked component in muscle growth is sleep and rest. Your body needs time to recover not only from day to day life but also to recover, recuperate and grow after exercise aiding in muscle growth, increasing energy levels, limiting fat gain and improving your metabolism. People who train hard need more sleep than they normally would, alongside increasing their calories intake. You are placing your body under stress so need time to recover and recuperate and it is during sleep hours that the body recovers keeping your body in the fittest state it can possibly be.
- Human Growth Hormone – The number one reason sleep is so imporant for muscle growth is because during sleep your body releases Human Growth Hormone (HGH) which is vital for the growth of your muscle and all tissue within the body. The main benefit for muscle growth is that HGH is the natural way that cells and tissue within the body grown and regenerate. In a nutshell you need HGH to rapidly increase muscle mass and increase energy levels.
- Metabolism – The amount of sleep you get each night can really affect your metabolic rate. Sleep deprived individuals have a decreased ability to manage their blood sugar levels meaning they crave high sugar, high carbohydrate foods leading to weight gain. Getting the adequate amount of sleep means that your metabolism will be able to process food effieciently. So sleep more for a better metabolism!
- Productivity and concentration levels – Now this is an obvious one but vital in ensuring that you ready to face the day ahead and make another step towards your goals. Allowing you to focus on your goals whether in the gym, in life or at work. Lacking concentration and motiviation will affect your overall goals!
So overall you need sleep to achieve your goals and keep your body in the best possible shape to achieve your goals. It is important to make sure that you get the adequate amount of sleep as without it you can decrease your energy levels, growth hormone, testoteronce levels and increase catabolic (muscle destroying) horomones. The bottom line is that inadequate sleep will make muscle growth almost impossible and in some cases even lead to muscle loss and gaining body fat. We are not going to go into how much sleep is ideal as every one is different but 7.5 – 8 hours is the average amount that you need to ensure that your body is ready to face the gym the next day.