Do Bodybuilders have trouble sleeping because of a large neck?

  1. Do Bodybuilders have trouble sleeping because of a large neck?


    I recently read in The New Muscular Devlopment with Branch Warren on the front leg pressing a lot of weight , that Bodybuilders have trouble getting the air though there pathways becaause of a large neck..does anyone know anything about this?

    I dont think i have any trouble; although, my neck is pretty thick.


  2. not sure if i qualify but i have to position my head angled slightly backwards otherwise i feel like i'm not getting enough oxygen. my neck isn't that large though, like 20" or so.
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    Sleep apnea from obstructed air way is sometimes associated with greater body mass. I know when I am at my leanest (<185-190) I sleep much more quietly, and when I bulk back up, as soon as I approach 205-210+ my snoring increases and sleep quality drops off.
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  4. Beelz, you know the average male neck is probably 15 inches, right?

    My biggest problem is having to arrange my arms in a way that they don't go numb while sleeping. granted I also have a good bit of fat too but I would like to think those mega huge guys have to arrange themselves certain ways to keep breathing and circulation when sleeping.

  5. Quote Originally Posted by Beelzebub
    not sure if i qualify but i have to position my head angled slightly backwards otherwise i feel like i'm not getting enough oxygen. my neck isn't that large though, like 20" or so.
    Uhh, I think that you'd qualify as to having a thick neck Beelze! 20" is pretty damn thick!

  6. yeh its under research. It says Some Bodybuilders have Sleep Apnea because there large necks obstruct pathways.

  7. It's my arms and shoulder too. When I get up towards 200, they go numb no matter how I lay. It sucks.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by bioman
    It's my arms and shoulder too. When I get up towards 200, they go numb no matter how I lay. It sucks.
    Me too.

  9. i have a 17.5-18 inch neck depending on my conditioning and i have been tested and have sleep apnea

  10. When i lay on my side i seem to breateh better. Im going to keep testing switching positions while sleeping to see which position is better for sleep.


    Solution for the best sleep with still being a bodybuilder. Get down to 10 % or below bodyfat. I have soem bodyfat to lose.
    I dotn know what i am..im lean but i could stand to be leaner.
    Im probally at 12% maybe 13 at the most, 11 at the least

  11. Sleep apnea should be taken a little more seriously. I don't know if you guys remember football great Reggie White but he died at 41 in his sleep and he had sleep apnea. He was a freaking monster at 6-5 280. At 20, I was a lard tub weighing in at 320 and had sleeping issues, my thighs would also get numb in certain sleeping positions. This was before I discovered AM. Now I'm MUCH leaner without breathing issues. Still working on getting to see my intercostals one day . . .

  12. Quote Originally Posted by bioman
    It's my arms and shoulder too. When I get up towards 200, they go numb no matter how I lay. It sucks.

    Im not even that big and i have the same issues. Im a big time side sleeper and i wake up every other night to a completely numb arm. Happens to me a lot, i also wake up often with pain in my traps. Not fun

    I try to start out on my back but i always wake up on my side...

  13. You all need to look into one of those round roll style pillows, i bought one from my chiropracter and i no longer have numbness in my arms, he actually measured the distance from my neck to my shoulders, i sleep like a baby at night with this thing.

  14. I too frequently wake up in the middle of the night with numb arms. It used to really freak me out, thought I was getting a blood clot or something. Does anybody know if this kind of thing could cause long term damage such as some kind of neuropathy from poor circulation while sleeping?

  15. I'm only 185 and it still gets me. When I was 200 I'd have big bouts of waking up gasping for air. No fun. That lbm didn't last long so I didn't get to stretch it out and make it "fit".

    I am finding that stretching out my lats/tris/delts before bed is helping quite a bit. No numbness in the last several days.

    The right pillow does indeed make all the difference. I sleep with 3 pillows under my head and a body pillow between my legs and arms. It really helps.
  

  
 

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