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Why Sleep is So Important for Gains and Fat Loss

Kyle Grosshanten

Probably the most important part of the recovery cycle is sleep. But how many of us get enough of it?

The number one reason sleep is important is because the Human Growth Hormone (HGH) rises during deep sleep, which often begins about 30-45 minutes after falling asleep. HGH (also known as Somatotropin) is an amino acid produced in the pituitary gland of the brain. This plays an important role in human development by affecting skeletal growth.

Certain sleep conditions release HGH. In men, 60% to 70% of daily human growth hormone secretion occurs during early sleep which is typically when the deepest sleep cycles occur. Poor quality rest can negatively impact human growth hormone levels.

Another reason sleep is so important is Cortisol levels, the stress hormone. When your body is not getting enough sleep cortisol levels rise. This effects the body in dramatic negative ways including:

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