"The importance of sleep"
By Joe Breen C.F.T.
Your workouts are going great, you are able to fit into a whole new wardrobe, your diet is spot on. Everything seems to be going your way, but there is one element that is critical to your health that makes all the difference in the world sleep. That's right, the time of the day when everything comes to a standstill can have a significant impact on your success at the gym. Working out and sleep are interdependent, and it's important to understand how they work together.
The first major way sleep will impact your results in the gym is with the hormonal release that it provides. Your body releases a growth hormone at its highest concentration during a 24-hour period when you're at rest during the night. Studies show that important hormones such as growth hormone are released in a single burst at night, at the same time it is beleved that cortisol a catabolic hormone is released when the body doesn't get enough rest. The repair process which accelerates recovery occurs at night, and helps the muscles to grow and bodyfat to decrease.
When you sleep, the immune system works overtime to repair the body of all the damage that it experienced during the day (as a whole system, not just the muscle cells specifically). If you don't give your body enough time to carry out this process, you may not see the muscle recovery you need. Lack of sleep also tends to suppress the thryoid, which again limits the amount of body fat you will burn, so for best results don't underestimate the importance of sleep. For great workout ideas go to www.automaticfitnessplus.com.