It really doesn’t matter what your goals are. Sleep, rest and recovery are essential. If you are looking to lose body fat, add muscle or increase physical performance on the sports field, all will be affected if you don’t get in that downtime. Our bodies need a certain amount of rest, sleep and recovery to repair, grow and improve. It makes no sense at all doing all the hard work, the training, the diet, and the supplements and then allowing sleep to let you down.
There is a huge epidemic with the population and sleep patterns, and not just in the fitness industry. There are many factors that affect sleep:
These are some of the main reasons that sleep of the masses are affected. Having more structure and a plan will definitely help. If you are not getting in enough sleep during the night, you will be affected during the day for sure. This could have catastrophic effects on your daily life. 40% of people in the US suffer from sleepiness issues in the afternoon.
The optimal amount of sleep will vary for us all, they say the average is between 7-8 hours per day. Yet some may find 6 is enough, and others might need up to 10.
Such problems can directly or indirectly be tied to abnormalities in various systems, such as physiological systems:
Furthermore, unhealthy conditions, disorders, and diseases can also cause sleep problems. These can include:
Environment and behaviour can affect individual sleep patterns as well. Stress is the number one reason for short-term sleeping difficulties. Issues can be school or work related, financial pressure, illness or family loss. However, relationship or marriage problems are the most common reasons why sleep is affected. Usually, once the problem has passed, the sleep patterns return to normal. However, if problems such as insomnia aren’t treated properly, the issue can be present long after the original stress has passed.
During undisturbed sleep, or slow-wave sleep, the plasma growth hormone (human growth hormone – somatropin) is found to be at its highest levels. If the sleep stage process is interrupted, complete repair of soft tissues is impossible due to the resulting decrease or absence of said human growth hormone.
Losing sleep during any 24 or 48 hour period interferes with the essential and healthful cycle of physiological changes that occur during sleep and is detrimental to both physical and mental recovery. Recovery in subjects deprived of sleep for 24 hours has been measured at 72%, while recovery after a 48 hour period without sleep, further deteriorated to a level of only 42%.
You can see just how drastic it really is when sleep is affected. It is key that you do everything possible to ensure a good night’s sleep is had.
We all know that you need to eat and want to eat, after a grueling session in the gym, but what do we eat? In today’s world, we really are spoiled for options when it comes to food, which is excellent, but also a problem. Sometimes too many choices can lead to made