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Less sleep the night before, in order to sleep more the night after a strength workout

This is a terrible idea. Being sleep-deprived makes that workout suffer, particularly for high-intensity workouts. More importantly, sleep debt is not "paid back" with a single night of copious ...
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Optimized sleep schedule and how important is it ?

An optimized sleep schedule is one which is a) the right length and b) starts and ends at the same time every day. Following is an explanation of both requirements and why they are important. Having ...
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Trouble falling asleep after a workout at night

I've had this before and although I'm a little cautious to throw the overtraining flag, research suggests there is correlation if not causation: These individuals became acutely overtrained as ...
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If I can't guarantee consistent 6+ hours of sleep a night, is weight lifting worth it?

In my honest opinion you're already doing a lot of strenuous work which can cause fatigue as it is. Being a Dad obviously can't be easy work either, people generally recommend 8+ hours of sleep a day ...
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Are night sweats common after long workouts?

I train for cycling time trials, ranging from 10 mile sprints to 12 hr endurance races. I train on Heart rate and power meters, so I know accurately when I've upped my endurance/fitness. I find if I ...
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Trouble falling asleep after a workout at night

I can only speak from experience as someone else that usually works out a few hours before going to sleep. I often have the same problem, particularly after cardio due to the elevated heartrate, but ...
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Can't sleep at night after workout

Don't working-out right before trying to sleep. Most people need a couple of hours to cool-down after exerting themselves before they'll be ready to sleep. In your case, it appears that has been ...
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Is sleep actually vital to muscle growth?

100%, I've been training for about 5 years now and there was one spell were due to work I was living off about 4-6 hours sleep a night for a month. I still exercised and dieting like i normally would ...
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How to reduce fatigue after office?

You’d be amazed how much more productive and energized you feel after starting a strength and cardio training regimen. As you’re just starting out, developing consistency is far more important than ...
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Exercise in the evening and sleep

I'm not aware of any studies where exercise effects circadian rhythms. Although if it did, I imagine would be because you started working out in times you normally prepare for sleep. So if you went ...
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If I can't guarantee consistent 6+ hours of sleep a night, is weight lifting worth it?

As @CuriousIndeed mentioned, bodyweight exercises might be what you're looking for. Sleep is extremely important and I would recommend you get those power naps in. Spend those free time periods ...
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If I can't guarantee consistent 6+ hours of sleep a night, is weight lifting worth it?

I would try to rephrase your question as: I have bad sleeping schedule, however I'd like to add some muscle mass, but feel like gym membership will be wasted money. There is no way for us to know ...
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is it a bad idea to lift weights if I am feeling too sleepy?

It's generally not an issue unless you're at the "numb limbs" level of sleep deprivation. When you're that tired, the odds are good that your head is not entirely in the game, and you run a higher ...
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Optimized sleep schedule and how important is it ?

Consistency is the key with sleep. Shoot for 8 hours a night, give or take an hour and make a point of going to bed and waking up at similar times each day. If you can squeeze in a 30-60 mins nap ...
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Less sleep the night before, in order to sleep more the night after a strength workout

Being deprived of sleep can significantly affect your testosterone levels. "I can drop your testosterone level to zero by depriving you of sleep for one night." - Dr. Kirk Parsley I would recommend ...
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8 hours continous sleep but thirsty, or good hydration but sleep interrupted?

You are correct that both sleep and hydration are very important, especially for a training athlete. Many professional triathletes sleep 9-11 hours/night, in addition to a nap during the day. You ...
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Minimum sleep time to secrete growth hormones

If I recall the optimal amount of sleep for "standard" athletes is around 7h30 (+/- 30 minutes) going on the higher side if your other recovery factors (food, stress, etc.) are diminished (e.g. you're ...
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Do we need contiguous sleep for gains?

You’ve likely heard of human growth hormone (HGH), a hormone that fuels muscle growth and recovery. Well, this hormone is released during sleep, particularly during deep sleep. This is a good brief ...
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How does sleeping routine effect game performance?

It should not create any problem. Such short resting periods do not create an adaptation worth of notice in ones circadian rythm. On top of that, what you want to take in account here is neural ...
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Does eating sugar before sleeping reduce muscle regeneration and growth?

At this level I would not be worrying about things like that. The science to support that kind of assertion is woolly at best. If you are new to training there are three things I would be focusing on: ...
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Muscle gain if we sleep 7 hours instead of 9 hours

I'm writing an article on sleep at the moment and I found the study you reference here. Not only was there no control group (to test what the effects would be against making no changes), but the study ...
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Why is it so beneficial to a human being to sleep 7 or 8 hours to have good muscle growth?

Hormones that are released during slumber are going to be the biggest reason. If you don’t sleep long enough you might miss the sleep cycle responsibile for the hormone release. Of course, you can ...
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Is it ok to sleep right after the exercise in the morning?

Yes, naps actually help you recover, especially if you have a lack of sleep. It won't hurt you. There is no such thing as a "bad nap". Since you're just doing basic bodyweight exercises, stretching, ...
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How to sleep while sore

I don't know that there's a secret formula, but, I tend to reach for ice or heat and an NSAID. But, then again, I'm 50+ ! The point is, treat it like an injury. A hard workout is like receiving ...
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How to workout on a bad day

I rate my training days on a scale of 1-4. This helps me address what I need to do. First the scale: I'm trash. No energy, very diminished capability. The bad side of average. Shouldn't have too ...
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How to workout on a bad day

If you are already angry then use that. Aggression can be a brilliant tool in the weight room to induce adrenaline. You would be amazed at what you can do in the gym when you are pissed off. Don't ...
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Does strength training cause an increase in sleep?

When you increase your strength training, you have more demands on recovery. Recovery includes the following: Sleep (Number 1 recovery tool) Nutrition (Number 2 recovery tool) Myofacial release/...
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Should I get 7h of sleep or as much as I need (namely 12h)?

By default, get as much as you need. A good reference is the website The Brain from Top to Bottom by the McGill University in Canada. From that link: The average adult human sleeps 7 to 8 hours ...
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