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This is kind of a weird question, but I've been searching today and can't find a straight answer.
I normally wake up with no alarm clock (one is set just in case, but I never sleep all the way to it), feeling pretty great, on anywhere from 6.5-7.5 hours of sleep. This has been working great for me, since I think it's better to wake up naturally (at the top of a sleep cycle) rather than by a shitty alarm in the middle of a sleep cycle.
My issue is, I haven't been gaining muscle like I should be. My eating is more or less on point, and I really think my sleep is lacking in terms of growing muscle. I am aware of how important sleep is, but I always have shit to do so I end up sleeping less than 8 or 9 hours, which is the recommended for building muscle (correct me if I'm wrong?)
So my question is, is it better to sleep for 7 hours, but wake up naturally feeling 8/10, and have a productive day, OR is it better to sleep for 9 hours but get woken up by an alarm, and feel 5/10, just to get more time for my body to grow?
I'm asking because I woke up today after 9ish hours feeling like shit, with no other pattern interruptions that I can think of (same food, no alcohol, no caffine, same bed time, etc)
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Personally, however, I have the shittiest/craziest sleep schedule of almost anyone I know (besides Chris GLL and dc7) and I grow muscle just fine. I average probably around 7 hours per night.
If you feel like shit though after a lot of sleep and it's affecting workouts then I'd say that's a negative thing. I'd rather get 6 hours of sleep and have a really good workout. If you aren't sleeping enough and it affects your workouts then that's bad as well. Just gotta go with what feels right.
At the end of the day, if you can get in a good workout, eat properly and get 6-8 hours then you're fine.
This all ties into stress and hormones etc. If you're feeling like a boss getting up on 6-7 hours of sleep then roll with it, everyones different. Personally I went through a really stressful period where I was pushing myself at the gym 2-3 hours a day, new job, emotional turmoil etc. and I needed a good 9 hours of sleep during that. I'm doing better now and I've found cutting down the amount of sets and workouts I do, paying attention to how my body and mind feels and allowing myself to relax to be paying off in terms of gains and how I feel. I don't need to do 20 sets a workout 6 days a week my body actually may grow better with less? Still figuring it out.
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