Training is hard enough, but training without sleep is even harder.
It goes beyond being tired though. Not getting enough sleep can not only make harder to train in the gym, but it can also affect your diet, muscle repair and more.
Evolve MMA put together this list of five reasons you need sleep so you can perform in the gym. Check out a few below and the full list at Evolve MMA.
1) Because you won’t be able to give 100% when you lack sleep
We’re pretty sure you know what it feels like to run on too little sleep. Due to the fact that you basically feel like you can’t function, you might end up half-heartedly going through the motions of your workout – or worse, choose to forgo your workout completely. As a result, you won’t be able to truly make every moment in the gym count.
Besides that, your mind won’t be as sharp when you’re sleep deprived. That means it will be harder for you to pay attention and pick up the new techniques, as well as react quickly in those sparring sessions. After all, studies have shown that sleep deprivation can have a negative impact on cognitive skills.
2) Because sleep is essential for your body to build and repair muscle
Some people have the misconception that muscles are built in the gym. However, this isn’t how it works! When you work out, you produce micro tears in those muscle fibers – but they grow stronger and repair while you’re resting. Hence, it’s crucial to ensure that you get enough sleep, especially if you’re active! By getting the sleep you require, your muscles will then be able to recover effectively and you will then be able to get back to the gym stronger than ever.
See the full list here.