Sleep is one of the key ingredients to building muscle mass quickly. It sounds a little anti-climatic to tell people that they need to sleep more for better results, but it’s absolutely true. Every body building expert in the world will tell you that sleep is one of the most important parts of a comprehensive muscle building routine.
At a minimum, you should be getting eight good hours of sleep every night. The sleeping phase is your recovery time, and adequate sleep gives your muscles the chance to rebuild after being torn apart during your workout routines. This is one of the most commonly neglected parts of muscle building, but it’s also one of the simplest solutions to getting better results.
Sleeping Habits For Muscle Building
A single night of good sleep is great and all, but you really need to stay on a regular 8-hour sleep schedule all the time for maximum results. As you probably already know, a single night of good night sleep does not always make up for an extended period of screwy sleep patterns.
That’s why we call them “sleeping habits.” Sleeping is important, but it only helps if it becomes a habit. All healthy habits are difficult to form at first, and sleeping is no exception. I can tell you from personal experience that I have all kinds of trouble developing healthy sleeping habits if I let myself go for a while.
Tips for Better Healthy Sleeping Habits
Having problems getting yourself in bed early enough and waking up on time? If so, you are far from the only person around here who knows what that’s like. Fortunately, we have for you a few tips for developing better sleeping habits.
The most important key to developing healthy sleeping habits is to get your body used to the routine. This is easier said than done, but we will get to that in the next couple of paragraphs. For now, just know that once you get your body used to your sleeping routine, you will find it easier and easier to stick with it.
If you’re having problems falling asleep at night, there are a couple things you can do. First of all, it helps to clear your mind before you hit the sack. If you have a busy day planned for the next day, your mind can easily start running in circles and keep you awake.
Write down everything you have planned for the next day on a piece of paper before you go to bed and consider yourself “off” for the rest of the night. Once you have everything written down, you have a solid plan for the next day and can rest at ease without thinking everything through.
If you have a TV in your room, get rid of it ASAP. In fact, it helps to get everything distracting out of your room. This helps your mind designate your room as your official sleeping area. Get rid of all work related things, clear your bed stand of clutter and keep your room as simple and clean as possible. This will create a mental separation in your mind between your daily life and your sleeping area.
Some people also swear by taking a shower before bed and turning up the air conditioner. The temperature change of getting out of the shower and into a cool area signals to your brain that it’s night time. This little trick takes advantage of your primal instincts that know when it’s time to find a safe hole to sleep for the night.
If you are still having trouble falling asleep at night, consider investing in a small lamp and a couple of interesting books. Lay down in bed, turn off the big light, turn on the lamp and put your nose in your book. The act of laying in bed and reading slows everything down and helps you feel more relaxed for sleeping time.
Whatever you decide to do to help yourself fall asleep at night, make it a routine. The human body thrives on routine and it helps develop healthy habits. As you get used to your routine, you will find yourself both mentally and physically ready for sleep at the same time every night.