Sleep – the ultimate muscle builder
If you’re someone looking to bulk up and get your muscles defined before summer 2017, you may want to look past the gym, weights, and protein shakes, and look right to your bedroom. Sleep is one of the most important components to building sustainable muscle and enduring long spells of exercise. Missing out on sleep means you have less energy to use at the gym during your workouts – which means less miles, sets, reps – you get the picture.
A lack of sleep can even increase the likelihood of injury, too. Damaging your muscles and ligaments puts a permanent halt on those gym gains.
So how is sleep that vital to muscle build and why should you care about it?
Sleep balances you hormones. While you’re sleeping, your body is busy repairing itself and releasing anabolic hormones like testosterone and IGF-1, which are absolutely essential to muscle growth. When you skip out on good sleep, your body slows down the rate at which it produces and releases these hormones – bringing your bodybuilding to a shocking stop. Even more eye opening, while you’re sleeping, your body is bringing down the levels of muscle breaking hormones, like cortisol, apparent in your body. So sleep dually addresses muscle preservation while encouraging weight loss. Amazing, right?
One last tidbit is that sleep lowers your levels of the hormone leptin, which makes you feel hungry, even if you’re not. Sleeping more instead of eating more means less cheat meals and unneeded snacks in between the gym.
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