In today’s busy lifestyle, we often neglect to get the amount of sleep we need. It most likely isn’t by choice. Getting enough deep sleep can have many benefits including recovery from exercise, feeling more energetic, and just functioning at your optimal level.
How Much Sleep
You have been going all day. Working, then to the gym, taking care of the kids, cooking, and so on. You need a recovery time from everyday activities so you can be at optimal level the next day. The “recovery time” consists of 8 hours of sleep each night and that is every night. Getting 4 hours one night and then trying to make up for it the next just won’t do it. Your body needs to have enough sleep every night because there is no reserve that it can go to if it needs it. Rest cannot be stored and savored for later, so it needs to be done each night.
There are five stages to sleep and if you are someone leading a stressed filled life then the chances are to do not make it past stage 1 or stage 2. This will have you waking up feeling tired and drained of energy as when you went to bed. I will discuss later how lack of sleep can halt you if you want to build muscle.
There are some ways to better sleep stage. Meditation, practicing deep breathing, or other stress relieving activities before you go to sleep will help you reach stage 4 and stage 5 of sleep. When you reach these stages of sleep your body can heal, repair, and grow. It is also the stage where you can get yourself ready to go for the next day. Focusing on stress relief, eating right, and exercising on a regular basis, can all help you reach the benefits from getting deep sleep and having recovery time.
Sleep To Build Muscle
You have just spent an hour or so working your muscles to their limits and now it is the real important time. Recovery time. You do not make your gains in the gym. It is when your muscles are recovering that they grow and become stronger.
When it comes to exercise, sleep is one of the more beneficial things you can do for results. Getting deep sleep is important in repairing the small muscle tears that happen during the workout. When you are in a deep sleep the process of Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demand occurs. During this process, known as SAID, your body repairs the muscles by building them bigger and stronger. This is how we build muscle. Now you can see the importance of deep sleep when it comes to exercise and how it effects our ability to build muscle. You must have recovery time!
Again, building muscle takes a lot of hard work. Since you have to put so much effort into gaining muscle you want to make sure you feed your body right and get enough sleep to really have your workouts pay off. Making sure you consume enough protein before bed and getting enough deep sleep can sometimes be the difference maker between marginal gains and huge gains made during your recovery time period.
When it comes to trying to build muscle there are some negative side effects that can occur if you don’t get enough rest. It is very simple. If you do not give your muscles the deep sleep they need to recover then they will never recover from the workout. This will halt making any progress and may eventually lead to injury. If you do not get deep sleep then don’t expect results!
Where does your body gets the energy to perform these activities of repair while you rest?The answer is from fat believe it or not. Yep, that is right, while you are in deep sleep and your body is working hard to repair and build your muscles it uses your fat stores to do so. So, not only are you able to build muscle, you are also burning fat simply by getting a proper amount of sleep.
Getting the Sleep You Need
So now you have the information to prove to you the benefits of sleep. Whether it be to build muscle, lose weight, or just be rested the next day, you have to get your sleep. The next question is how? Life is full of family obligations, work, exercise, and many other things that sometimes it seems there isn’t enought hours in a day. Some of these things might not be allowing you to get enough sleep or getting into deep sleep.
How, then, are you going to get everything done that you need to get done and still get 8 hours of sleep each night? The answer is to prioritize. Your family, work, and sleep should be your priorities. Also, you make a schedule to make your life more fluid so you can get all you need to get done and still have time for rest.
You can now get results from exercise, start losing those extra pounds, or just have more energy for the next day, all from getting enough deep sleep. Get into your recovery time. Goodnight!