5 Reasons Why Training Insane Bodybuilding Will Help You Sleep

April 20, 2010 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

If there is one thing that most of us adults suffer from, it would be lack of sleep.

Lack of sleep happens for many reasons, such as

  • Stress
  • Overthinking
  • Anxiety
  • Too much caffeine
  • And others (Some of which I’ll cover here)

But lucky for you, bodybuilding has a several ways to cure that problem and it all stems from the intense workout, which I’m sure you would have tried by now.

# 1 Body Exhaustion

An intense workout will tire your body out, yes. But bodybuilding is much more than just throwing a few weights around to get purposely tired. Bodybuilding is all about training the body AND mind. Sure, body exhaustion will help you get that first hour of sleep or so, but it won’t help you kill that stress that you’ve probably got on your mind.

To do that we use the ‘mind’ part of bodybuilding. All of that preparation for focus and setting goals will rub off on this scenario. What you do here is simply take 15 minutes to slow down. 100% stop!

You can choose to do anything you wish here, from sitting in silence to meditating. This will help relax your body on the spot. Repeating this exercise day after day will also condition your body so that you actually ‘sleep’ throughout the night. The body exhaustion is just a bonus to trigger it off. After a few weeks this will all become natural and it will no longer feel like an ‘exercise’. The same way that muscle memory works.

# 2 Yoga (Firreeeee!)


It’s been a while since I wrote a post about yoga, which you can find here. But if you have taken it up since then, you can now put it to good use to get you to sleep.

Stretching and releasing tension will make the brain relax too.

And in this case, we recruit the,

Yoga Bridge Pose

Instruction

  1. Lie on your back with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle.
  2. Your heels parallel.
  3. Tighten your butt.
  4. Lift your hips and arch up onto your shoulders.
  5. Lace your palms together underneath your body and press your arms into the floor or mat.
  6. Hold the posture while taking 10 to 15 slow breaths.

Yoga is one of the fun, dynamic and relaxing parts of bodybuilding (The Stay-Fit Bug way) and performing this pose before bed time will definitely help you in your goal for a good nights sleep.

# 3 The Addiction Killer

If you’ve got a habit of staying up late, for no real solid reason, (The internet!) then an intense workout will fix that. If you think that you can stay awake after an intense workout (The kind that I describe) then you better think again. An intense workout will make you hit the sack and knock right out, just like good sex does.:)

I’ve been notorious for staying up late for no real reason at all in the past 10 years (not so much recently) and there really is no excuse for it. Get to sleep already. But if you have become a part of that crowd, or just another Facebook addict, then the intense workouts will fix that. You’ll become more productive in the early hours of the day, get more done and will live a better ‘healthier’ lifestyle overall.

# 4 The Bodybuilding Goal and Plan

If you’ve taken up bodybuilding and have become serious about achieving the results that you desire, then you would have structured your bodybuilding map and route. Grab The Build a 6 Pac: From Flab To Flat Ebook to learn how. If that is the case, then everything you do on a daily basis will be scheduled some what. That same schedule will obviously include sleep, and if you are on a success train, then the sleeping part of your day will be a breeze.

What about stress?

That’s no longer an issue. Any bodybuilding workout will help take stress off of your mind and leave you feeling more relaxed after a session. If you are performing an intense workout, there won’t be time to think of anything else but that. No room for stress here.

When it’s time for your body to sleep, it will sleep. Trust me!

# 5 Proper Breathing

If your goal is ‘overall fitness’ then you will be performing both resistance and cardio workouts. Since that is the case you would have (Or should have) learned the proper breathing techniques, which is vital in all parts of a bodybuilding workout. If not then it goes a little something like this,

  1. Rest your tongue on the roof of your mouth (just behind your upper teeth)
  2. EXHALE.
  3. Close your mouth and inhale through your nose for 4 counts.
  4. Hold your breath for 7 counts.
  5. Then, exhale while mentally counting to eight.
  6. Repeat this cycle 3 more times.

This is the same breathing technique I would use in athletics training between 200m training rounds (consecutive 200 meter sprints with short breaks). It really does slow your body down and help you relax. So take this kind of breather between your breaks during cardio training.

But this is all about getting a good nights sleep. This same breathing technique is great for getting into sleep mode.

But wouldn’t this make me sleepy in my workouts?

No!

This breathing technique will not put you to sleep. It will simply help you relax by killing anxiety, which is something that you might have built up throughout the day. So it ‘prepares’ you for sleep.

Like I stated earlier, training insane isn’t just about throwing weights around in a mindless fashion just to prove that you have more energy than everyone else. It’s a complete mindset, in which you execute all actions in a planned and timely fashion. Bodybuilding in general will help cure many of your sleeping problems (If any). But training insane will make for an even more effective cure. Practice the above and sleeping problems will cease to exist.

Are you currently suffering from sleeping problems?

See you in the comments.

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