HGH: these three simple letters are what stand between us and all our goals to build muscle. Maximize Human Growth Hormone (HGH), and your muscles will grow and strengthen. Now, you may be asking “what does HGH have to do with sleep?”. HGH levels heighten and peak during your sleep cycle.
What Does HGH Do – Human Growth Hormone is responsible for cell growth. It also aids in the regeneration of cells which is vital in the process of building muscle mass. As we perform intense workouts, our muscle fibers are torn down and must be regenerated. Not only is HGH extremely important for those of us wishing to maximize muscle gain, it is also vital for overall health. HGH helps the body maintain the health of tissues which surround the vital organs as well as having positive effects on bone health. This may not be at the forefront of our reasons for seeking higher HGH levels; however, these additional benefits become more and more important as we age.
How We Can Achieve Better Sleep – There are many factors that can affect our sleep patterns as well as the quality of our sleep. Some can be very easy fixes; however, some will be more challenging to change on the short term. One of the most beneficial can also be the most expensive: acquiring the best mattress for your individual needs. Having the right mattress is paramount. Take a moment to consider that as a society many of us would have no problem spending $20,000 on a new car. By contrast, if we saw a mattress that was $5,000 we would shake our head and run away. A good quality mattress can cost less than, and require less maintenance than, a car. Additionally, we spend significantly more time on our mattress than in our cars: approximately 8 hours compared to 1-2 hours. This is something to consider the next time you are shopping for a new bed. Here are some quick fixes that can help you get a better night’s rest tonight!
- Shut OFF Electronics – Try shutting down your phone, laptop, TV, etc. about 1 hour before you would like to fall asleep. Lie down and relax and let your body and mind prepare to shut itself down.
- Limit Caffeine – By limiting stimulants you are putting into your body; you will be able to fall asleep faster and remain less jittery when trying to shut yourself down.
- Lower Bedroom Temperature – Resting on cooler sheets will help lower your body temperature sooner, allowing your body to fall into a deep sleep.