The benefits of a proper sleep for building muscleman sleeping, burning fat, and gaining strength…

It doesn’t sound super exciting at first, but I promise, after you understand why sleep and rest is a key component to your muscle building and weight gain program you’ll be glad you know.

If you want to experience the most explosive muscle gains in the shortest time possible, then a good nights sleep really is an important factor. What makes sleep so important? Well, lets look at what happens when you don’t get a good nights sleep each night.

Issue #1: Your mental focus will decline

One of the biggest problems with sleep deprivation is the effect it will have on your mental state. Studies show that even a single night of insufficient rest will have a negative effect on your mental sharpness and on your willingness to perform difficult tasks.

[adrotate group=”1″]Putting fourth a good hard effort every time you enter the gym is very important when it comes to transforming your body so you must remain mentally sharp at all times.

Issue #2: Your physical performance will suffer

Your bottom line muscle gains are ultimately determined by the small steady increases you’re able to make in all of your major exercises from week to week and keeping your strength at top level is critical to achieving this as quickly as possible.

Issue #3: Workout recovery will be interrupted

As you probably already know, your muscles don’t grow in the gym… They grow while you’re out of the gym resting and eating. The time you spend sleeping is one of the critical periods where the repair of damaged muscle tissue takes place. If you deprive your body of sleep, you’ll deprive the recovery process as well.

Issue #4: Hormonal balance will be compromised

Depriving your body of sleep actually has a negative impact on some of the most important muscle building hormones circulating through your body. Specifically, testosterone, growth hormone, and cortisol. Simply put, sleep deprivation has a negative impact on every single one of them.

It will lower testosterone levels which is going to decrease muscle growth. It will decrease growth hormone levels which is going to decrease fat loss. And it’s going to increase cortisol levels which will increase fat storage and encourage muscle breakdown.

So how much sleep is enough to maximize your results? You should aim to get at least 8 hours of high-quality sleep each night. And if you need more sleep then by all means, take it!

Dan Merrell, CPT

I'm a certified personal trainer from Scottsdale, Arizona. My area of focus is helping skinny guys gain weight and build muscle fast. I've worked with hundreds of skinny guys and helped them transform their bodies. Read all of my articles on WeightGainNetwork.com and you can follow in their footsteps.

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