In a fast paced world that requires you to constantly be achieving something to keep up, we tend to cut our sleep time short. For many of us trying to balance fitness into our life we must sacrifice time from other things. Unfortunately, your full-time job, full-time college classes, relationships, family time, and work out time is too important to cut short, so we must take time away from sleep. Not enough hours in the day? Cut your sleep short and maximize our 24 hours, right? If your goal is to maximize muscle gain, then this solution may not be the answer to your time dilemma.
Sleep Deprivation And Testosterone
If you are into gaining muscle mass, then I am sure you have heard of how important testosterone is. Testosterone is what makes men…..men! It even makes men bigger, leaner, and stronger than other men. Testosterone is what you could call the “holy grail” to muscle building. If testosterone is so important, why do we do things that reduce our testosterone such as deprive ourselves of sleep? In this study, both testosterone and cortisol decreased in the total sleep deprivation group. Wanting to maximize gains? Maximize your testosterone with sleep.