sleep—the most important, and most difficult, part of your workout routine

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Sleepthe Most Important, and Most Difficult, Part of Your Workout Routine

Sleepthe Most Important, and Most Difficult, Part of Your Workout Routine

Most men undervalue the importance of sleepparticularly those of us who work out religiously!Learn more about the effects of sleep deprivation.

Because were hard workers, we often have the I-can-sleep-when-Im-dead mentality.

But sleep is critical to your bodys composition, strength, health and recovery time!Other reasons sleep is vital for your health.

Sleep is divided into two major categories: rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep

Although you only cycle into REM sleep every 90 minutes or so, that is the sleep that is most critical to your body.Learn more about REM and NonREM sleep.

During sleep, your body produces growth hormone. This is important because it:Is essential for you to grow during youthIncreases your calcium retention (to help maintain your bone mass)Promotes fat lossReduces fat storageSupports your immune systemKeeps your organs operating smoothly

Sleep also allows your body to balance two hunger-controlling hormonesghrelin and leptin

If you dont get enough sleep, you are more likely to gain weight.

Individual sleep levels vary, and lifestyle and activity levels play a large part in how much sleep you need.

For males between the ages of 17-35, the National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours.

Most of us dont sleep enough simply because we feel as though we dont have the time.

But getting enough sleep allows you to actually do more during the day and have a better workout!

If you have trouble sleepingDarken your bedroom (blinds, covering blinking lights, night mask if necessary)Develop a nighttime ritual and stick to it Go to bed and wake up at the same time each night

Still not sleeping? Try supplements.

Most people who work out are deficient in magnesium.

Try a magnesium lotion or oil on your legs before bedtime.This bypasses the digestive system and is an effective way to get magnesium into the system.

Lack of sleep affects everythingfrom alertness to muscle-building

Make sure youre not sabotaging your workout and get enough sleep!

To really achieve success in the weight room, make sleep a significant part of your workout schedule! www.masterofmuscle.com

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