The Importance of Rest and Sleep in Muscle Building
Some of the more obvious ones are a proper workout routine, diet, supplements, and hard work.
Every so often I’ll get an e-mail from someone who claims he or she has applied each of those key factors for many weeks and still say they have trouble trying to gain weight and build muscle fast.
One of the lesser known but very important factors to build muscle fast in record time is something that most people just plain don’t get enough of these days: sleep and rest.
I read an article recently saying that the average person gets less than 7 hours of sleep per night. Whether you are a hard gainer of not, getting at least 7 hours of sleep per night is absolutely critical, preferably 8 or more.
Here is a simplified form of how your muscles grow and why sleep is so important:
First, while you are in the gym lifting weights, you are actually tearing tiny muscle tissues as you perform the exercises.
When you eat your food, the protein serves as the repair tool for your muscle tissue. However, your body only begins to use the protein and the rest of the nutrients to repair your muscles when you are resting or asleep.
That means, if you don’t get enough sleep, your body doesn’t have enough time to recover your muscles fully, and when you begin your next workout you won’t be 100% recovered, which means you won’t get maximum results from your workouts.
In addition, when you are following a hardcore muscle mass building workout program, it is HIGHLY suggested to get an extra hour of sleep each night for the last month of your program.
If getting enough sleep every night is difficult to do, then try to at least take a couple 20 minute naps whenever possible throughout your day.
Remember, if your goal is to gain weight and build muscle fast, it is always better to rest throughout the day as much as possible. That means if you can walk rather then run, do so. If you can sit rather then stand, do so, and so on.
The more rest you give your body in-between workouts, the more you give it time to properly repair itself, and the better results you will get.
Take Muscle Building Supplements
While we agreed rest and sleep done properly help the body develop muscle mass and power, it should be known that you must well take muscle building supplements designed to complements your sleep, workouts and nutrition.