Most people realize that sleep in life is essential; however, they aren’t quite aware of how important it is to their training regimen and how sleep and muscle growth are related. Sleep is important for more than just feeling rested throughout the day. Your body uses the time that you are asleep to heal. This is even more important as a weightlifter, though. If you aren’t getting adequate sleep, you’re likely not seeing the gains you’re working for and may even be functioning in a cranky, sleep-deprived state. To improve your quality of sleep, you can try one or all the following sleep tips for weightlifters.
1. Schedule your Training Session Early in the Day
While exercise can help you sleep better and fall asleep faster, if your train too close to bedtime, then the exact opposite will happen. Exercise raises the body temperature and releases endorphins and other feel good chemicals in your body, which can make you too wired to sleep. While you may not have time to fit in a workout in the morning, do your best to schedule your training session so that you finish at least three to four hours prior to heading to bed. This will provide your body plenty of time to return to a normal temperature before you attempt to sleep.
Although exercising too close to the bedtime can make you fall asleep late at night, it can also help you sleep better if you practice a few hours before bedtime. Your body gets tired and really appreciates a good night sleep since sleep and muscle growth are very much related. The next morning you will feel both rested and more in shape than the day before. [Read more…]