Anyone manage to make decent gains while sleep deprived?

  1. Just do what you can. It is discouraging, yes. We had #2 in Jan and I’ve lost five pounds. Junkier sleep, shorter workouts, and not tracking food as well as I was.

  2. Always nice to be reminded there are guys in the same boat still getting after it. Good luck with the new baby!

  3. Same. I get 8 hours or more when I can (work shorts me sometimes) but I can't tell you the last time I got an uninterrupted 8 hours. I'm thinking it may have never happened my entire life. I just wake up and fall back asleep

  4. I’m a single dad and business owner, I would say I qualify as sleep deprived. It’s possible but you have to just accept that the gains come slow. I take each workout I complete as a small win and take progress photos to keep myself motivated.

  5. Me!!! I have sleep apnea and haven’t started using cpap yet. Had it for years now and barely sleep 4-5 hours per night. Still making gains, but progress has been slow. Hang in there.

  6. I regularly get between 3-6 hours of broken sleep a night; is sucks. I'm an older dude so I wake up to pee, wake up to aches from working out, wake up because I'm uncomfortable, etc. Can you progress without sleep? Hell yeah. Does lack of sleep suck? Hell yeah. Been lifting with lack of sleep consistently (for both) for about 2 years now.

  7. As far as weight gain goes, lack of sleep is great for it. Sleep and food both contribute to recovery, but it turns out your body really only tries to get enough of both. If you're short on one, your body will try to make it up by getting more of the other. If you're starving, you'll be more tired (hence why diets tend to make people a bit sluggish). If you're sleep deprived, you tend to want to eat more. It's just your homeostasis trying to keep everything together.

  8. OP, let's just assume the worst case and say that your inadequate sleep significantly impact your results (not saying that that is the case, just a hypothetical). Consider your options: continue training and get somewhat compromised but still existent results or stop training and get zero results plus likely regress. Which one sounds better?

  9. I averaged about 3-5 hours a night/day (a lot of it broken sleep) when I went from 140lbs to 180lbs (all muscle). I was a night RN that flipped to days to take care of the kids when I was off. I never had anything close to good sleep. I just pushed myself to eat a shit ton and never miss a workout.

  10. I'm a full-time student at the moment. Getting 6 hours I call a "good night's sleep". I'm really happy with the gains I've gotten.

  11. If your warm ups and downs are good and your nutrition is on point you can likely avoid injury. But listen to your body and don't push too hard.

  12. Most definitely! I haven't been waking up almost every hour of every night since 2014. On top of that, I have scoliosis, arthritis, and my diet was never that great. Using the metallicdapa (probably spelled that wrong) PPL from here, I managed to make some decent gains despite starting out at age 34. It certainly can be a challenge, but if I could do this, you can!

  13. Amazing progress, you don’t even look like the same person! Are you still taking creatine every day? I haven’t tried it, years ago my high school coaches said it would give some of the players kidney issues and to not take it but I’ve seen a lot of lifters dispute that. What’s your experience?

  14. I have been working nights and splitting my sleep a lot lately. 3 hrs and 2-5 hours.This has proven very true for me.

  15. Congratulations on the baby! I also have a new born. Others have answered your question so I’ll just give some advise/encouragement. Don’t beat yourself up if you have a bad workout. Push through it even if you have to lower the weights, and tell yourself you will get it next time.

  16. This is a dumb question of course you can still make gains and small gains is better than no gains so don’t ‘hang’ it up for a few months

  17. My second is almost 2, and at first, my training was on pause while we acclimated. Then I got back into a routine.

  18. You can still make gains, but you will screw recovery time and your Max potential try to improve rest. Check out “Hypnos” by chaos and pain it’s a solid sleep aid.

  19. Without a doubt it’s possible, and it’s better than nothing. But it’s not optimal and it will not be easy that’s for sure. Do what you can bro

  20. Yes. For the past year when ive been going hard at the gym ive probably averaged 5-6 hours of sleep a night. Ive grown about 20 pounds of muscle in that time period.

  21. Definitely worth it to keep working out.. I was routinely getting less than 6 hrs of sleep as a full time uni student while working, still made decent gains and knew others who did as well. Just have to be mindful of the slightly longer recovery and know when to take a break if you are way too sleep deprived.

  22. Bad sleep should not be an excuse to not work out (don't mean it in a judgey way, but don't not-work-out just because you're getting woken up)

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