Monday, 7 February 2011

Sleeping For Size

How a good night's sleep builds muscle

A good night's sleep is important for maximal growth and recovery following a workout. During sleep, the body "shuts down," allowing metabolic processes to become more effective. Some people claim they need only three to four hours of sleep a night, but most need at least eight hours to feel fully refreshed. Bodybuilders, in particular, need adequate sleep for growth and recovery, especially with one crushing workout after another.
Melatonin, produced naturally from the amino acid tryptophan, is a hormone secreted by a gland in the brain. Several things can interfere with the body's natural production of melatonin. Those include exercising intensely, ingesting alcohol, allowing too much light in the room when trying to sleep and taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).  Mood, appetite and feelings of well being are adversely affected when the body is low in melatonin.

In supplement form, melatonin can help some people get more sleep and is effective in treating jet lag and certain sleep disorders. Research showed that taking a melatonin supplement helped travelers regain regular sleep patterns more quickly than when they relied on nature to take its course. The subjects in that study also reported that they fell asleep quicker and felt more rested the next morning.

To maintain naturally high levels of melatonin, keep your bedroom very dark and avoid alcohol late at night. Train earlier in the day. With melatonin supplements, take one to three milligrams before bedtime (start with the lower dose and work up to the higher amount on subsequent nights if need be).

TIP : Get out of bed when you first wake up. Don't roll over and snooze for another five, 10 or 20 minutes. The additional "sleep" most likely will only make you feel more tired or groggy.

Source : Tim Scheet


  1. nice, i take 6mg of melatonin every night, knocks me out

  2. thanks man you always provide awesome information

  3. this is probably my favorite part of muscle-building, but fighting the urge for the extra minutes to snooze is rough...

  4. Good info. I've always had issues with sleep. Brain is always running a million miles an hour, hard to shut off.

  5. I workout with a friend who hasnt been getting any sleep and I tell him everytime how important it is!

  6. great info! this will help me out a lot

  7. not everyone realizes the importance of sleep. I do. That's why I always sleep as much as possible. Bulkin it up in mah sleep. >:3

  8. damn i should prolly start getting some sleep lol

  9. good advice at the end
    i already knew about the need to sleep but i want to ask you if it's god exercising a few hours before bedtime

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  11. Sleeping is an important essence of bodybuilding :D

  12. good advice man. I'm off to bed now with my protein shake :D

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  14. Ehhh... I workout right before bed...

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