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Sleep and Recovery?


#1

Hey all, I have been lifting seriously for a couple years and still dont know the effect of sleep on recovery. I have heard that recovery and muscle growth happens during sleep, yet I have also heard that sleep only helps your brain recover.

Also, I was wondering if streching extremely sore muscles stunts it's growth or anything. DOes muscle recover when your awwake was well? Thanks for any replies


#2

sleep is gud. get enough.

stretching will not stunt muscle growth.


#3

Sleep is good for recovery. Basically, you are shut down and relaxed -- which is a good time to go into repair mode. Of course, the brain recharges then as well.


#4

Vitamin 'S' is one of the most frequently neglected component of training.
Get sleep, and plenty of it.

I aim for 8-10 hours/night because that keeps me rested and minimally sore from working out.