The World’s Fastest Man says…
“Sleep is extremely important to me — I need to rest and recover in order for the training I do to be absorbed by my body.” – Usain Bolt
I came across this quote the other day and really liked it. Thinking about training being ABSORBED by your body, is not how I had thought of it before, and my guess is, it is not how most people think of it.
Strength is not built in the gym.
Yes, it is triggered to happen there. But it is really built in the bedroom. That is where the recovery, the repair, the absorption takes place.
So, if you are looking for better strength, better speed, better flexibility, better skills, better endurance, and so on and so forth, then you must make sure your sleep is the best it can be.
Quantity is important.
Many Olympic athletes, Bolt included, regularly sleep nine hours or more a night. Plus they take a nap on top of this!
I know that this doesn’t seem doable for most people, but the good news is…
…that the focus on the quality of sleep is at least as important. Perhaps even more so.
And there are many things you can do with this. A few examples include:
- Limiting light before and during sleep.
- Taking certain herbs and other supplements.
- Getting sunlight in your eyes in the morning.
- Proper strength training
- Not using the bed for anything besides sleeping (and sex)
- And many more.
Also Upgrade Your Growth Hormone discusses sleep as well, as that is the main time you release this hormone (which really ought to be called the repair hormone).
There is also the Ultimate Recovery Formula, because there are many other things to do besides sleeping, that help you to best enhance your recovery.