There was a time in my life that I slept well. Then I got married. Then I started my own law firm. Then we had kids. Then we got a dog. I miss getting eight straight hours of sleep. A lot.
I’m starting to think this lack of sleep is responsible for my endumbening. It’s common knowledge that lack of sleep can mentally slow you down. What I didn’t realize is, “Sleep deficiency also has been linked to depression, suicide, and risk-taking behavior.” That explains my sadness having unprotected sex with hookers who choke me to the edge of unconsciousness.
But you’re not here for the details of my life. You’re here Q’s pics and how to get ready for bikini season. If you want to gain muscle, you want to generate human growth hormone. Your body generates plenty when you sleep.
It turns out sleep is also important in keeping muscle mass. Too little sleep may cause you to lose mass. Adequate sleep helps you to retain, even gain, muscle mass.
Of course, staying trim is the other part of fitness. From the first article I linked, “Sleep helps maintain a healthy balance of the hormones that make you feel hungry (ghrelin) or full (leptin). When you don’t get enough sleep, your level of ghrelin goes up and your level of leptin goes down. This makes you feel hungrier than when you’re well-rested. Sleep also affects how your body reacts to insulin, the hormone that controls your blood glucose (sugar) level. Sleep deficiency results in a higher than normal blood sugar level, which may increase your risk for diabetes.”
These articles can skew male but this applies to you too Glibbroads (h/t Gender Traitor.) Even Shape magazine has something to say about this. It turns out sleep may be even more important for women than men.