It is easy to justify training as the main focus of getting focused on the gym and seeing proper results. However, it is so interesting to know that while your training is what will start the change in your body, your sleep and how you eat will cement them.
Making sure that you’re body is rested every night and assuring that every time you get to the gym you are not tired from a previous workout is absolutely essential for growth and progression.
A lot of people choose to discount the incredibly beneficial effects that hitting the gym, having a balanced diet, and having a good night’s rest will have on their performance.
Having muscles that are tired and that haven’t had enough nutrients to refuel and fix all of the micro-tears from training will lead to weaker muscles and not stronger ones.
The same goes for a muscle that hasn’t rested, or even just being overall tired and not being able to go to the gym and give it your 110% commitment every time.
Enough commitment to make sure that you leave the gym knowing that you’ve put in all the effort you could’ve for that day.
The real key to success in your strength training is both commitment and a balance. Understanding that each part of your training is as important as the other.
Obsessing over how heavy you’re lifting when you get home and don’t eat properly for your muscles to recover and grow will be absolutely useless.
The video above is a perfect example of how sleep will help and incentivize the growth of your muscles over time.
An incredible statistic that is one of the first things talked in the video above is that 63% of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep.
The impact that a good night’s sleep has on your muscular gains is something that few people are taking into account.
The study that the video talks about is referring to a study in 2010 that found that those who sleep less will lose a greater amount of muscle and retain a larger amount of fat when placed in a calorie deficit.
This has extenuating circumstances for those that lack sleep. Not only are you not able to regulate your body’s ability go gain muscle, but it will create an irreversible loop if you continue on the same path.
Being able to have a strict sleeping pattern, waking up and going to bed at the same time every night will have a significant effect on your overall health.
If you’re looking for a really informative book on sleep, we recommend taking a look at the following book on amazon: Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams