Trying to Build Muscle? These 6 Things are Getting in Your Way

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Ignoring the Importance of Sleep
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Ignoring the Importance of Sleep

Like every other situation in your life, a lack of sleep is going to bring you down. “Sleep is when you rest, recover, and grow,” Durkin says. When you're asleep, your body repairs the muscle tissue you damaged during your workouts. If you don’t clock enough sleep at night, you’re not giving your body the chance to effectively recover. To get the most out of it, maximize your protein synthesis at the same time. “I recommend taking some casein protein before going to bed, then having your nighttime routine dialed in,” Durkin says. Casein is a slow-releasing protein that’s perfect for overnight muscle maintenance — so you can keep your muscles fed while you're busy sleeping off a rough workout.

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