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The How and Why to Sleep

Most of the really important muscle-building work takes place behind the scenes, including sleep. Have you considered what getting a quality nights sleep can do for your workouts? Sleep is one of your most valuable tools for growth. Body sculptors may even require more than the average recommended eight hours a night.

During sleep your body is building muscle. However, millions of Americans who don't get enough sleep - you need to take a good look at just how much your sleep habits can affect your body's muscle-building potential.

Researchers in sleep disorders have provided several sleep-enhancing tips:

* Sleep as much as much as needed to feel refreshed during the following day (usually around eight hours). Sleeping too much is as detrimental as sleeping too little.

* Get up at the same time each day, seven days a week. (A regular wake-up time in the morning leads to regular times of sleep onset).

* A steady amount of activity during the day is conducive to sleeping well at night.

* Avoid alcohol in the evenings. Although it helps tense people fall asleep more easily, the second half of the night is disrupted. Evening alcohol consumption also increases snoring.

* Excessively warm rooms will disturb sleep; keep the room temperature at 65 - 70 degrees.

* Avoid caffeinated beverages in the evening. No coffee or tea after 6 p.m. - switch to decaffeinated soft drinks or water.

Sleep is one of the most essential building blocks to creating a body that is well-balanced, toned, and hopefully nutritionally balanced as well.

Rick Gusler is a certified personal trainer and diet nutritionist who serves his clients through Gusler Body Sculpting Fitness Center in central Denver. To schedule a free consultation, or to learn more about the Gusler method of body sculpting, spin yoga, or Rick's Boot Camp, please contact him at 303.860.7131 or online at

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