How Sleep Can Improve Your Bodybuilding Workout


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Getting enough sleep is very important to mankind in general, but don’t think that since you’re a strong and healthy man with a bodybuilder’s physique, you don’t need sleep as much as the rest of mankind does. On the contrary, an active man with a bodybuilder’s physique, such as yourself, needs those eight hours of sleep perhaps even more than the average guy. This is because your muscles, strong and hardworking as they are, need to rest.

Bodybuilders, as with most people, think that there are only two important factors that help advance their physical well-being: a good diet and regular exercise. However, there should actually be three – a good night’s sleep should be added in. In fact, a couple of natural bodybuilding supplements are recommended to be taken before bedtime so that they can achieve their full effects while you sleep.

One of these bodybuilding supplements is a protein supplement called casein, which is digested slowly and, in effect, works for longer periods of time, like around eight hours while you’re sleeping. It is always recommended before bedtime as it continuously elevates the level of amino acids in your blood while you snooze, preventing the breakdown of muscle tissue. Whey is another natural bodybuilding supplement. It digests faster than casein and works with casein by allowing protein synthesis while you sleep.

Interestingly, there are bodybuilding supplements being introduced in the market that boast not only of repairing but of building your muscles while you sleep, complete with harebrained tales of muscle depletion during your visit to dreamland to emphasize the need for you to buy their exclusive new formula. These are merely marketing gimmicks. The natural bodybuilding supplements [] taken in small doses are actually enough to keep your hard earned muscles from deteriorating while you sleep, and even if you don’t take any supplements, it’s not true that your muscles will waste away into nothing overnight. Sleep repairs, after all.

This is how sleep works: at night, when you lie down to sleep, your heart and breathing literally slows down. Your entire body and even your brain relaxes. Once you fall asleep, for fifteen minutes, your body lies in a very relaxed state and it hardly makes any movements. For another fifteen minutes, you then fall into a deeper sleep, after which you start dreaming. This may go on for an hour or so. Then you go back to light sleep, that relaxed state wherein your body hardly moves, and do the sequence over and over until morning. It is in the deep sleep portion, which is between light sleep and dreaming, that your body repairs itself.

So those physically active should stop thinking that 5 to 6 hours of sleep is enough. In fact, it has been found that 8 hours and 15 minutes of sleep offer the right amount of recuperation for your mind and body, particularly the muscles. Bodybuilding supplement can sometimes optimize this recuperation period but they do not make it shorter. Too much sleep is also not advisable, and it has been found that people who sleep for longer on average have a higher mortality rate than people who regularly get eight hours of sleep. In other words, people who get the right amount of sleep tend to live longer, too.



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