The purpose of exercise is to change your body in a positive manner. However, increases in muscle size, muscle strength, and stamina do not happen while you are working out. Those changes occur when you rest!
Strength training damages your muscles. This is good, because it sends a signal to your brain that something has to change (You either have to stop doing damage to your muscles or your muscles need to get stronger). When you sleep, your body releases growth hormone to help repair the micro trauma in your muscles and it uses the protein you have eaten to make the muscles bigger and stronger. If you don’t get enough sleep the repairs don’t happen or aren’t completed.
In order to get the most out of your workouts, get 8 uninterrupted hours of sleep each night!
1. Establish a regular sleep schedule
2. Avoid caffeine after 3 PM
3. Don’t exercise or engage in stressful activities approximately 3 hours before going to bed.
4. Sleep in a cool, dark, calming room.