For those who are regulars to Nexus content, you will understand we harp on about sleep as much as deadlift only lifters harp on about hook grip, but in this two-part article we will be attacking things from a different angle!
For the most part we have highlighted the detrimental effects of poor sleep in a bid to educate and put the fear of god into you all.
However, today I wish to build upon this, by now we all know that sleep is a necessity, but for the most part we haven’t discussed what constitutes sleep and the environment needed to achieve it!
Sleep is not a simple transaction, you don’t just put your head down, rack up 6 hours and recover everything instantly, sleep follows time dependant patterns with different tasks being carried out in each phase (this builds into the concept that not all sleep is created equal, something we will dive into a bit later). With this in mind, it means that what your body achieves during sleep is dictated by the time spent in the different divisions of something called the ‘sleep cycle’. Everything our body does as a biological system drives for specific objective outcomes, sleep is no different, it has objectives other than getting warm and cosy and forgetting a hard day’s work.
As an organism the highest objective on every list is not dying, which for our bodies means getting enough rest to keep our most basic systems online and functioning well enough to find food, water and make a few babies (which is really the bare minimum). Coach @zac_kongonis