You’d imagine the easiest thing after a hard, exhausting workout is to crawl into bed and fall into dreamless sleep! Nothing is further from the truth – your body is so exhausted physically that it refuses to move from ‘alert’ to ‘relax’ mode and, rather incongruously, is actually prepped for battle! The irony is that sleep is essential for muscles to recover and grow (hypertrophy).
This infographic demonstrates what recovery steps the body takes when in deep sleep and suggests strategies and tips for preventing post-exercise insomnia. Remember, never compromise on sleep!