Train Sleep Your Way to Better Performance on the Course. Seriously. Author: Tough Mudder August 18, 2016 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Want to know a way you can get better results from your training and performance alongside increased mental alertness? Sleep. And thanks to nifty tools like the Microsoft Band you really can sleep your way to the top. The majority of your physical growth hormone (the magic which turns your hours of burpees and bicep curls into muscles) are created during sleep – so after you put all those hours into your Tough Mudder training, you’ll want to put in a good 8-10 hour shift a night to allow yourself maximum recovery. Poor quality sleep, or simply not enough, can negatively affect your levels of growth hormones, and no amount of protein powder is going to be able to recover that deficit. Tracking your sleep with a fitness tracker, such as Microsoft Band, allows you to know how much, and how well, you’re sleeping. The Microsoft Band collects your biometric data, like your heart rate and motion, to accurately calculate whether you’re in a restful or light sleep. Armed with this knowledge, alongside knowing how often you wake up during the night and how many calories you burn just from sleeping, you’ll be able to improve the quality and quantity of nature’s most powerful recovery tool. Sleep also restores your brain functions and alertness levels. And when it comes to Tough Mudder – the ultimate test of teamwork, mental grit, and physical strength – you’re going to want as much of that as possible. Test your limits out a course in 2016 or 2017- check out the lineup HERE.