What if Sleep Gives You Strength?

Discover how sleep makes you stronger

Matthew Murrie
2 min readFeb 21, 2022


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What if when it comes to working out, the prone dream-press is a workout you’ll want to make sure you include in your weekly rotation? Curious how important good sleep is to building and sustaining strong muscles? Use your curiosity getting ripped to push your learning about the importance of sleep to the max with this entry from the book, While You Were Sleeping on what happens with your muscles while you were sleeping.


Can sleeping make you stronger? Believe it or not, a good night’s sleep could be the best (and easiest) workout you’ll ever have. Sleep is an important part of every exercise regime, but not because of the workout you receive from all that tossing and turning, which is around 100 times a night. It’s what your muscles are allowed to do only when you’re not moving that counts. While you are sleeping, your body can repair the muscle tissue that’s torn from exercising. Without these necessary repairs, it would be difficult for the muscles to grow. When you’re awake, well-rested muscles are also able to work out more.

While You Were Sleeping

Curiosity-Based Thinking

How much do you actually know about the muscles that move you around?

  • How many of your muscles do you know by name? (Curious what some of their names are?)
  • How many muscles do you have in your body? (Curious how many?)
  • If you could choose one muscle to strengthen, which would it be?
  • When do you prefer exercising your muscles: right after you’re done sleeping or just before you go to sleep?

Get curious about a whole lot of sleepy wonder with the While You Were Sleeping series based on the book by the same name, that uses Curiosity-Based Thinking to explore what happens at night to make you more innovative, insightful, and creative during the day.

Stay curious with What If Curiosity as we explore how Curiosity-Based Thinking can be used to discover more to do more to create whatever we can imagine.



Matthew Murrie

Author of The Book of What If…?, Founder of What If Curiosity, and Creator of Curiosity-Based Thinking and Curiosity-Based Learning, turning ideas into actions.