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[RESEARCH] Effects of Sleep on Muscle Recovery

Affects of Sleep on Muscle Recovery - themanualtherapist.com

Effects of Sleep on Muscle Recovery

Sleep is known to impact several physiological factors, including:
  • Glucose.
  • Lipid metabolism
  • Blood pressure
  • Eating behavior
  • Energy metabolism
  • Hormonal secretion
  • Immune system
Sleep has also been consistently linked to exercise performance. However little is known about the role of sleep in muscle recovery.

Dattilo et al. (2020), evaluated:
  • Recovery kinetics of the peak isometric force
  • Profiles of hormones and cytokines during 48 h of total sleep deprivation followed by 12 h of sleep after an eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage (EEIMD) protocol


“muscle damage” protocol was followed by 48 h of total sleep deprivation and 12 h of normal 

  • same muscle damage protocol, followed by three nights of regular sleep.
  • Isometric muscle voluntary contraction tests and blood samples were analyzed.

  • Muscle voluntary contraction and serum creatine kinase increased equally over the study period in both conditions.
  • From the cytokines evaluated, only IL-6 increased in DEPRIVATION.
  • No differences were detected in testosterone levels between conditions, but IGF-1, cortisol, and cortisol/total testosterone ratio were higher in DEPRIVATION

Acute total sleep deprivation;
  1. Does not affect muscle strength recovery.
  2. Increases blood IL-6 levels.
  3. Modifies the blood hormone balance by increasing IGF-1, cortisol, and the cortisol/ total testosterone ratio.

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Dattilo et al. 2020. Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Acute Skeletal Muscle Recovery after Exercise. ACSM

Dalton Urrutia, MSc PT

Dalton is a Physical Therapist from Oregon, currently living and running the performance physiotherapy clinic he founded in London for Grapplers and Strength & Conditioning athletes. Dalton runs the popular instagram account @physicaltherapyresearch, where he posts easy summaries of current and relevant research on health, fitness, and rehab topics. 
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