in terms of gaining muscle.
I'd say 9 straight because of REM and the time it takes to reach it.
Last edited by Anthony; 03-09-2002 at 05:33 PM.
I've heard that a lot of doctors recommend taking 30min "power naps" in the middle of the day, to boost energy. I know Dr. Hatfield recommends them. Anything longer than 30min will bring you into a deep sleep and when you wake up you'll have the oppostie effect than what your wanting, you'll feel groggy.
-Why is REM inmportant for growth?
TreeTrunks- I cant just sleep 30 mins, if I fall asleep during the day i'll sleep for about 2 hours anyway. maybe 90 mins.
I like power naps, I am not sure how much good it does me.
my exprience - joined gym 10 years ago, 6 1/2 years hard weight training exprience.
I'd say neither and go with about 8.5 hours of sleep. Anytime I get more than that I'll wake up with bad headaches that don't go away for hours...
WX: because Rapid Eye Movement (REM) is when your body starts to repair itself.
syntex: everyone is different, I wouldn't suggest an exact amount of sleep.
What Anthony said.Originally posted by Anthony
everyone is different, I wouldn't suggest an exact amount of sleep.
If you workout intensely, get 8-9 hours of sleep everynight. Don't sleep more than that or you'll feel tired all day. Don't sleep less than that or you'll risk overtraining.
Of course, I don't take my own advice and end up sleeping 10-11 hours some days and pay for it all day long. Then again, I don't have the ability to take naps - I can't fall asleep midday - so I just sit in my bed an rest for 20-30 minutes.
Most people will follow a pattern of sleep. I will sleep around 8.5-9.5 hours on average and will automatically wake up after this time period. If I've had an intense workout then my sleep duration will be aproximately 10-10.5 hours. Very rarely do I sleep 11-12 hours. This happens once or twice a year when I start up sports or cardio.
If I sleep 8 hours I can always nap for aproximately 1 hour during the day. This, I've found has helped me in my workouts later on in the day.
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