I couldn’t come up with a snappier title because, quite frankly, that’s as direct as it gets.
If you’re putting in the hard yards with your training, but you’re disregarding your recovery, it’s a critical error. Research has shown that sleep (AKA recovery) is just as important as physical conditioning AND nutrition to maximising performance.
If you’re prioritising everything except sleep, it may lead to partial sleep deprivation and this is what you’re potentially doing to your performance;
Furthermore, sleep loss reduces muscle protein synthesis (muscle recovery & repair) whilst also increasing muscle degradation (muscle damage). Not to mention it also reduces glycogen stores (available energy supply)!!!
In my opinion, if you’re sleeping on sleep, you’re doing TWICE the work for HALF the results. Prioritising sleep and working on optimising sleep hygiene provides the EASIEST and MOST EFFECTIVE recovery strategy.
The easiest way to optimise recovery and reap performance benefits is simply to sleep more. Some of us find that easy, others not so much. So, here’s some tips from the research!
If you’re pushing the limits and squeezing in two (or more…) training sessions daily, then you may also benefit from napping. A quick kip, approximately two hours following training, has been shown to improve preparedness to train in subsequent sessions.
As always, thanks for reading!