Sleep deprivation can have a negative impact on strength and muscle function. Studies have shown that even short-term sleep deprivation can lead to a reduction in muscle strength and power output.
During sleep, the body repairs and regenerates muscle tissue, and lack of sleep can disrupt this process. Additionally, sleep deprivation can lead to hormonal imbalances, such as reduced levels of growth hormone and testosterone, which are important for muscle growth and repair.
Furthermore, sleep deprivation can also lead to increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can lead to muscle breakdown and inhibit muscle growth.
Overall, if you’re trying to build strength or muscle, getting enough sleep is essential. Aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep per night to support your body’s recovery and regeneration processes and maximize your strength gains.
MS, CSCS, CPPS, USAW, CFL2