The Importance Of Sleep – Dylan Spina

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Dylan Spina – @DylanSpina61

You put in the hours in the gym. You have your nutrition dialed in. But you still feel like shit, your numbers aren’t where you want them, your friendships and relationships are suffering. Whats the deal? You’re up at 4 am, going to sleep at midnight, or even worse, you’re getting 8-10 hours sleep but not deep sleep. Your body isn’t recovering.

Sleep is usually that missed factor in your training. The most overlooked, important piece of the puzzle. During your time asleep is when your body is fully able to recover, mentally and physically, from the previous day’s work.  During the first 4 hours of your sleep, your body goes into the repair of your mental state. Repairing any mental damages that may have occurred, retaining knowledge that you learned that day, etc. The second 4 hours is for your body to repair your physical state. This is where your muscles are able to repair and rebuild. Blood is flowing in a non-stressed state, nutrients are being delivered to help the body get ready for the next days work.

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When your body lacks this amount of time to recover, performance will drop. Don’t misread that. Getting less than 8 hours of sleep won’t kill you or plummet your numbers but getting that full 8 hours will help your body achieve those higher numbers. When a professional bodybuilder is getting ready to step on the Olympia stage or athletes getting ready for the Olympics. They will literally eat, train, sleep, eat, sleep, repeat. To “average” athletes sleep is just as important. Lack of sleep can lead to a multitude of problems including Obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension, immune function and create a higher risk to the common cold. All those outcomes can impair your training even worse than the lack of sleep in itself.

Be Smart. Train smart. Eat Smart. Sleep Smart. Your numbers and attitude towards everything will change dramatically.

http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/need-sleep/whats-in-it-for-you/health

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