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laleggenda27 10-25-2008 11:09 PM

naps and testosterone
 
I realize that testosterone levels are high after waking in the morning, thus making mornings a good time to work out. My question is this: does the same line of reasoning hold true for naps? Are testosterone levels high after waking from a nap, making it a good idea to take a nap before working out in the afternoon?

Andrew 10-26-2008 12:39 PM

I have heard about testosterone thing after waking up in the morning, but not so much after naps.

I read it in an article a while ago and I am trying to remember but there is a lot that goes on during a full night's sleep: Growth homone levels, testosterone levels, building muscle tissue, healing, etc.

For what I understand, naps do not have that same affect. They do help as far as energy levels go, but nothing happens drastically that's hormone related unlike sleeping a full 8 hours at night.

Bottom line, if you have a good meal and are looking at training within the next 3-4 hours, taking a nap would help your over all focus and energy in the gym.

The only time where a nap would affect hormone levels would be if you are very sleep deprived and you took a nap. Your body wont care that it's a nap and it will treat it as if you are going to sleep fully.

As to where if you are sleep deprived, taking naps would be much more beneficial then if you weren't because as we all know, sleep deprivation is not ideal when you are training all the time.

Ross86 10-26-2008 01:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by laleggenda27 (Post 69883)
I realize that testosterone levels are high after waking in the morning, thus making mornings a good time to work out. My question is this: does the same line of reasoning hold true for naps? Are testosterone levels high after waking from a nap, making it a good idea to take a nap before working out in the afternoon?

So long as you're prepared to lift (you've already eaten adequately prior to a workout & you've been awake and moving around for a bit), then it makes no difference when you lift. Your T levels won't have that much of an effect on a workout or growth based on the time of day. Some people perform better in the afternoon/evenings...by "some", I mean most people. :)

laleggenda27 10-29-2008 11:01 PM

bump

Cradler 10-29-2008 11:05 PM

Why do you need to bump this? You got your answer.


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