A weightlifting session at the gym can have you feeling great. As you monitor your progress you may see slower results if you suffer from sleep apnea or snoring. Inadequate sleep can interfere with the body’s ability to recover after lifting weights and inhibits the body’s ability to build maximum muscle strength. It turns out that sleep is crucial for strength training recovery and helps with muscle repair after a strenuous workout.
In fact, many of the critical restorative functions in the body—like tissue repair and muscle growth—occur mostly or only during sleep. A consistent sleep schedule of seven to nine hours a night (possibly more if you are a competitive athlete) will help the muscle-healing process.
During REM sleep, the muscles relax, which can help relieve tension and reduce symptoms of certain types of chronic pain.
In addition to muscle strength, muscle coordination improves with sufficient sleep. Basketball players who added two hours of sleep to their nightly routine experienced a five percent increase in reaction time and speed on the court. Sleep is vital for cementing muscle recall linked to body movements. Together with the muscle repair and growth that happens during sleep, this allows for overall improved athletic performance. (source: sleep.org)
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