When considering our active lifestyles and healthy living routines, it is no surprise that many of us prioritize a workout regimen and a nutrition plan, with hopes that this alone will steer our body in the direction of our goals. A true increase in strength, muscle toning/growth, endurance, and overall athletic performance require more than vegetables and revisited exercises. If you find yourself coming up short on your personal progress, perhaps the missing catalyst is an obvious one that we often overlook… our SLEEP!
We discussed the importance of rest for recovery and as we have heard 1000 times, sleep is undoubtedly an important aspect of this! So why are we so quick to neglect our rest but never our workouts, are these really two in the same?
Sleep is the easiest way to help our bodies to naturally recover, repair and rebound right back to whatever goals you're working towards. More often than not, we will trade our sleep for additional time. In desperate times this works, although in the long run, this strategy can become quite detrimental to our training and our overall well being. Getting sufficient sleep, rather than overcompensating and forcing more physical activity into the day to achieving faster results can ultimately present the reverse effect on your training. Understanding our physical need and ability to recover, can supercharge workouts and amplify our self care.
The Pillars of Athletic Success
- Mentally Ready
Sleep Impacts on Athletic Performance
- Reaction Times
- Memory & Learning
- Hormone Release (muscle repair/building, bone growth)
- Injury Risks
- Illness Susceptibility
Don’t make sleep the victim of your everyday trade-offs any longer. If you face physical discomforts while you rest, consider the aspects within your control first. Start by evaluating your nightly essentials (mattress, pillows, bedding, bedroom environment) and upgrading to more supportive, breathable and thoughtfully designed options that promote better rest. For active individuals who are a bit rougher and tougher on their joints and bodies, consider a foam mattress built with layers of zoned support.
Submitted by Jax Hendricks