Getting proper and long lasting sleep, "...just might be the most important element of your training." states Nick Ebner, N.A.S.M.-C.P.T., P.I.C.P.
As you sleep, especially in its deeper stages, your body goes through several changes. Your blood pressure lowers (critical for letting your heart rest), cardiovascular health obstacles are tackled here, and chronic/partial sleep deprivation is tamed by the release of hormones. During the middle of the night your body also releases human growth hormone- a vital hormone for muscular development.
This human growth hormone, in short, keeps you young.
Professional and elite amateur athletes know that sleep is vital for muscular regeneration and weight control. If you hate the idea of fad diets then regular exercise and a full night's sleep are the most best action plan.
"As we sleep, energy consumption is lowered, allowing us to use the high-quality food we eat during the day to more efficiently build muscle. Growth hormone is naturally released, improving muscular recovery and regeneration." - Nick Ebner, N.A.S.M.-C.P.T., P.I.C.P.
“You give your body the chance to repair, recharge, and regrow during sleep. It’s the ideal time to replenish nutrients, and, since your body isn’t moving, it allows the muscles to repair themselves.” says wellness expert Dr. Felecia Stoler, DCN, MS, RD, RACSM from Muscle & Fitness Blog
Bringing regulated sleep back into your normal life "diet" will help your mind and physical well being beyond measure. It will allow you to focus better, have a more attentive mind, and keep a lasting memory. Along with a proper lifestyle, healthy eating, and a "diet" of sleep and exercise will boost your immune system and keep your muscles in a repairing and healed state.
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