After a workout I usually lay down on my bench press for a few minutes to let my heart rate settle.
I then proceed to stagger my way to the fridge to pull out a chilly pre-made protein shake.
And after I’ve downed the creamy whey goodness and grabbed a bottle of water and threw some pills down my throat. I lay back down… On the floor this time…
And I close my eyes… And I can hear the pulse of my heart in my skull.
I love this feeling… The feeling of complete… DONEness…
A few days ago, the thought came across my mind… What if I just took a snooze?
I was wondering… Since sleep has such a big part to do with recovery, how would sleeping (taking a small nap) directly after a workout effect recovery?
What if I did a “late night workout,” and went through the same process as before, with the shake, water and pills followed by a quick shower and my usual melatonin dose, and then dosed off for the whole night?
Does prolonged sleep (8 + hours) directly after a workout before bedtime have any effect on the recovery process?
Ultimately I know that either of the 2 “workout to sleep” methods I mentioned WOULD be effective at building muscle because sleep is an important part of the recovery process. Sleep ANYTIME when your body needs recovery is a GOOD THING!
But my ultimate question IS… Are the methods I described above better for recovery (muscle growth) compared to someone who doesn’t go to sleep right after a workout? Just something I had on my mind.