Too Much Sleep And Fitness

I know what you're thinking, that's a bit of a strange title - surely too much sleep can't be bad? Well, it actually can....



Sleep is fantastic for the mind and body, but too little or too much can be bad. Too little sleep will mean your mind and body will not recover as good as it should, but too much sleep can cause issues. Let's say you go to sleep at 11pm, and wake up at midday, sound good right? well not really. That means your body would have gone 13 hours with no water, no food, and unless you ate just before you fell asleep, it would have been longer than 13 hours. Even the best casein protein only lasts 6-7 hours, so your body will be without nutrients for a long time.

I know that you won't wake up late every day, as you'll have school, college or work to go to, but if you do it every weekend, then it can begin affect your gains. Having a lay in is great, but missing meals is not. Most people who want to build muscle mass will eat 5-6 times a day - breakfast, mid morning, lunch, mid afternoon, dinner, late evening. If you wake up at midday, you'll miss two meals and hydration. When your body doesn't have any nutrients, it goes into a catabolic state (breakdown) and you don't want that. By keeping your muscles fed, you will grow and get stronger.

So, sleeping a lot sounds good, but if you sleep too much, it can start affecting your fitness results.

Get enough sleep (7-8 hours), and it will have a positive impact on both your health and fitness.

Lee Gregory Fitness


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