The Role of Sleep in Muscle Recovery

It is important for everyone to get enough sleep in order for their body to repair itself. If you are running or doing any sort of exercise then it is even more important that your body get the rest it requires for the muscles you have used to recover. You may think that you do not need much sleep but it is worth trying to get between 6 and 8 hours a night. It is better for the body to have a good sleep routine and to go to bed and rise at the same time each day. If you are tired you may find it difficult getting the motivation to go out and run and it may mess with your training routine. Experiment with getting different amounts of sleep and see which seems to suit you the best. You may find that you need more than you thought you did and you will see benefits of getting more such as increased concentration and more energy. If you have trouble sleeping then start to get a routine for bedtime with a bath before bed and a hot milky drink and do not watch television or use the computer in bed. Reading a book is more restful and should help you to drop off.

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