Build Big Muscle Fast- The Importance of Sleep

Many people believe that it is the amount of time you spend in the gym and the quality of your training program that is most important when trying to build big muscle fast.
While training correctly and having the right program to suit your muscle gain goals is certainly very important, rest and recovery is the single most important part of your training if you want to accelerate the muscle-building process.

Why Sleep is Important for Rapid Muscle Growth?

Sleep is important to our health for a variety of reasons but in terms of building muscle fast and getting ripped, it is the time when your body can focus on healing and repairing muscle fibers. When you are awake your body will focus on supplying itself with adequate energy, but during sleep your body is capable of limiting many bodily functions and systems to focus on healing, repairing and rejuvenating itself.
However, it’s not just any type of sleep that will help. Being able to fall into a deep sleep allowing the release of HGH (Human Growth Hormone) in the body is vitally important if you want to build big muscles fast. HGH plays a vital role in the muscle repair process and it is during this resting period that your body will heal and repair the tiny tears in your muscle fibers that are created during resistance training. As the body heals the torn muscle fibers and grows new ones with the help of HGH, you build muscle size and strength.
Given that it is recommended you participate in intense resistance training 3-4 times a week to promote rapid muscle growth, it makes sense to take control of your sleeping habits allowing your body to quickly recover on your days off and prepare itself for the upcoming workout routine.

When and How to Sleep For Optimal Muscle gain? 

If you are serious about building big muscles and building them fast, then training yourself to sleep well will improve your results in the gym. As mentioned, HGH is released during sleep but it is released during the later stages – stages 3 and 4.
This means that to give your body the very best chance to heal and repair itself it is important to learn how to sleep well. Stages 3 and 4 are known as non-REM sleep and help with the growth and rejuvenation of the immune systemmuscular system, and skeletal system.
Most adults require between 6 and 10 hours of sleep a night to function at their best and need to engage in REM sleep (the dreaming stage) at least once or twice during this time. Stages 3 and 4 occur just before REM sleep so if you wake up knowing you were dreaming the night before you can be sure your body has had the chance to repair itself.
It goes without saying that if you want to build big muscles fast, you need to do what you can to ensure you are getting the quality of sleep you need to help your body repair and build muscle.  While falling asleep and staying asleep should be a natural process, many people find this difficult to achieve. If you are one of these people who wake up numerous times throughout the night, there are a number of options available to help.
Creating a nighttime routine is the first step, along with setting up a regular ‘bedtime’. By creating the habit of following a set routine and going to bed at the same time every night you can teach your body to ‘look’ for the signs of sleep.
For example, if you set a bedtime of 10.30pm and at 9pm begin a routine of turning off stimulants such as televisions, computers, and phones, take a warm bath or shower, and spend 30 minutes enjoying a cup of warm milk and reading a book, after a few weeks your body will begin to recognize this as a sign to prepare for sleep.
Avoiding stimulants such as alcohol, caffeine, smoking not eating 1 to 2 hours before bed, using some relaxation techniques, and clearing your mind will all go a long way to helping you fall asleep. Keeping your bedroom at the right temperature making sure you are neither too hot nor cold will also help you sleep uninterrupted through the night.
Sleep plays an important role in the body’s ability to build big muscles fast. Being able to fall asleep and reach stage 3 and 4 so that HGH can be released will ensure your body is able to heal and repair itself properly and create the results you are working so hard to achieve.

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