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Check out our article below to learn more about how sleep deprivation can affect your muscle gains, fat loss ability and stamina.

As you can see from the picture above sleep deprivation can be debilitating to our health for many reasons. In this article however I’m going to focus on how this affects our training. Most of us know by now that when we sleep we release Growth Hormone, a key hormone for muscle growth fat loss and stimulation of reproduction of cells, interestingly there are actually three hormones that are released when we sleep.

1. Testosterone – Testosterone is a hormone that is secreted by the testicles of males and the ovaries of females. Small amounts of testosterone are produced and secreted by the outer section of your adrenal glands and by the placenta in pregnant women.

Adequate testosterone secretion is essential for:

  Muscle Growth
  Strong Immune system
  High Energy Levels
  Strong bones and reduced risk of developing osteoporosis
  A healthy Sex drive

2. Erythropoietin – Erythropoietin is a hormone that is produced by your kidneys. It stimulates the production of red blood cells by your bone marrow. Red blood cells deliver oxygen to every cell in your body. Red blood cells also carry carbon dioxide (waste) away from every cell in your body.

It can make a huge difference in your circulation and overall sense of vitality. The fact that erythropoietin is a common blood doping agent in sports such as marathon running and long-distance cycling speaks volumes about its ability to improve stamina.

3. Growth Hormone – Growth hormone is released by your pituitary gland in waves, about once every ninety minutes, with the strongest wave coming approximately one hour after you fall asleep.

Growth hormone stimulates growth and reproduction of your cells. When released by your pituitary gland in amounts that are in line with your physiological needs, growth hormone can help keep your muscles and bones strong. Growth hormone can also decrease the amount of adipose (fat) tissue that you carry.

A lack of adequate growth hormone production is one of the chief reasons why people who do not get enough sleep tend to be at an unhealthy weight and have weak muscles and bones.

Poor sleep is also linked to increased inflammation in the body, increased insulin and cortisol and increased risk of breast cancer. Diet and training plays a key role in your quality of sleep, ensure you are on a correct eating plan personalised for you by a nutritionist and are consistently training hard.

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