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How turn­ing in early could pump up your gyms ses­sions

How much sleep did you get last night? We’d be will­ing to bet it wasn’t enough. Sta­tis­ti­cally speak­ing, most of us are fall­ing short, much of the time. But while our early week­day starts may be in­evitable, we rarely turn in each night quite as soon as we re­ally should (a fact that push no­ti­fi­ca­tions, In­sta Sto­ries and re­runs of The Hand­maid’s Tale cer­tainly don’t help).

So, if a bur­geon­ing blue light ad­dic­tion isn’t enough to make you re­think your noc­tur­nal habits, a re­cent US study pub­lished by the Cen­ters of Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion should be. They found that sleep could be the sim­plest and cheap­est form of in­jury pre­ven­tion. In their re­search, ath­letes who av­er­aged fewer than eight hours of sleep per night were 70% more likely to sus­tain in­juries dur­ing train­ing. This made sleep an even more ac­cu­rate pre­dic­tor of risk than train­ing strat­egy.

Aside from the ob­vi­ous down­sides of step­ping onto the pitch or into the squat rack while bleary-eyed, sleep is cru­cial for main­tain­ing testos­terone lev­els, even in other­wise healthy men. Low lev­els of the hor­mone fur­ther re­duce con­cen­tra­tion, en­ergy and strength, as well as se­ri­ously ham­per­ing your abil­ity to burn away fat. Mak­ing this one body trans­for­ma­tion that ac­tu­ally does hap­pen overnight.


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