Oct. 31, 2022

How Sleep Helps Muscles Grow and Recover Faster with Dr Shona Holsen

How Sleep Helps Muscles Grow and Recover Faster with Dr Shona Holsen

Sleep is generally divided into two phases, REM (rapid eye movement) and NREM (non-rapid eye movement). 

While the REM sleep phase is when your body focuses on reenergizing your mind, the NREM phase, and specifically the deep sleep stage, is when your body’s physically restorative processes take place. With your brain less active, the blood supply to your muscles and tissues increases, delivering oxygen and nutrients that promote muscle repair and growth. Let’s dig into some specific connections between sleep and muscle recovery.

Professor Shona Halson is the Deputy Director of the SPRINT Research Centre at
ACU’s School of Behavioural and Health Sciences. Prior to this she was the Head
Recovery Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport for over 15 years and has
led the Recovery team at three Olympic campaigns with the Australian Olympic
Committee. Her research focuses on sleep, recovery and fatigue and she has
published over 160 peer-reviewed articles and multiple book chapters. Shona
provides consultancy services to the Australian Open Tennis Tournament and Nike
as well as a number of national and international professional sporting teams.


  • What happens to muscle and recovery during sleep deprivation and why
  • What happens to athletes who don't recovery adequately 
  • Hormones related to sleep deprivation
  • Hunger - Protein - sleep deprivation


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