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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sleep and its meaning for us

 Sleep, why we need it, why it can be difficult to get it, how it affects everything - from the physical form of the athlete to our personal success and health, this is one of the most interesting topics in today.

 In 2002 survey of Scripps Clinic Sleep Center, California, mortality compared between more than 1 million adult Americans. All were part of a study on cancer prevention and they were required to report the average duration of sleep. At the time, the survey results seem surprising, but then were confirmed by similar in Europe and East Asia.

 What is the optimal time to sleep?
According to surveys, people who sleep between 6.5 and 7.5 hours per night live the longest. Those who sleep 8 or more, or less than 6.5,
live less.

There seems to be evidence that lack of sleep and too much sleep have the same negative effect on people.

Perhaps it is interesting to note that the length of the long sleep is 8 hours and up to 8.5 hours sleep can be worse than to sleep only 5 per night. We can only guess why people who sleep of between 6.5 and 7.5 hours a day, live longer, but we do not really know why.

For example, we are not sure that the person who sleeps less you will live longer if you start to relax more, or someone who sleeps a lot, will have a longer life if you start to get up earlier.

Something you need to know as athletes or bodybuilders is that one of the few moments when the muscles grow is during sleep. For trainees sleep is essential for recovery, in fact it is as important as the workouts themselves.

 8 - hour myth is shattered!

 Citing research and first hand information, we can summarize that the 8-hour myth is refuted, but it still remains average duration of sleep in most people. It is possible that the amount of sleep we need to be determined by our genes and therefore there EARLY RISERS and sleepyhead.

Our genes may determine the duration of sleep, from which our body needs to recover. They determinate the time range in which EARLY RISERS require less of the average amount of sleep, while sleepyhead much greater.

 Sleep deprivation

When you do not cover the needs of sleep that our body requires occurs so-called lack of sleep. It may accumulate gradually. There are different symptoms when suffering from lack of sleep:

Daytime sleepiness
Concentration problems
Poor judgment
Increased risk of accidents
Other health complications

Can be overcome with sleep deprivation as a nap more than occasionally, or just go to bed earlier.


Sleep is very important for everyone, whether a bodybuilder or an untrained person, so try your body getting the rest!