How important do you think it is to get deep, REM sleep in order to fully recover from your workouts? If you’re just tossing and turning, are you still going to recover from soreness and build muscle at the same rate?
I know REM sleep is important for mental alertness, just wondering how important it is for physical recovery. [/quote]
I’ve found there’s certain times I wake up that are no good, not sure about REM or deep sleep though. For example, if I wake up at about 6 1/2 or 7 hours of sleep, it’s a lot better than 7 1/2 or maybe 8. I’ve done it a couple days in a row and I’ve notice that during the day I just feel like a zombie. However, if I sleep like 8 1/2 or 9, I’m a bit better. Then again, I haven’t found anything better than the example I gave above for mental alertness and physically as well.