What effect does sleep have on insulin levels? I know that sleep lowers your metabolic rate - does it also help to bring down blood sugar levels?
The reason I'm asking is because I have a hunch that I make much better gains on days where I nap a little after my workout and having my PWO shake. My thoughts are that insulin spikes and drives nutrients directly to muscles who are then being repaired naturally by the body during the sleep process.
Yes I used the search function btw and found this: http://tnation.T-Nation.com/free_online_forum/diet_performance_nutrition_supplements/sleeping_after_workout
Barr says it's no good but at what rate does blood sugar drop during sleep if you pound a big recovery shake before getting into the covers? Shouldn't you still digest and release insulin?
Thanks for thoughts