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The Sleep-Exercise Connection: How Quality Sleep Can Improve Athletic Performance and Recovery

March 22, 2023 | Written by SleepyCat Team

Have you ever noticed that after a good workout, you tend to sleep like a baby? Or perhaps you’ve experienced the opposite, struggling to fall asleep on days when you skip your regular exercise routine? Or maybe you find yourself dozing off during post-exercise stretches? Fear not, dear reader, because the solution to your fitness woes may be closer than you think – in your own bed! That’s right, we’re talking about the sleep-exercise connection and how catching quality Zs can actually improve your athletic performance and recovery. It turns out, there’s a strong connection between sleep and exercise that goes beyond feeling tired after a long workout. In fact, the relationship between the two is so significant that researchers have dedicated countless studies to better understanding how exercise affects our sleep, and vice versa. So, grab a pillow and get ready to learn how a good night’s sleep can turn you into a true sports superstar. 

How can a good night’s sleep help me in recovery?

Sleep is critical for the body’s recovery after exercise. According to scientific studies, it is found that while a person is fast asleep, the body releases hormones that advance and aid in tissue growth and repair. These hormones include growth hormone and testosterone, which are essential for muscle repair and recovery. When we exercise, our muscles undergo stress, and small tears occur in the muscle fibers. These tears are not harmful, and they are necessary for muscle growth and repair. However, they need time to heal, and sleep is the best time for this process to occur. Furthermore, research has also shown that individuals who get less than seven hours of sleep per night have a higher risk of injury than those who get adequate sleep. Inadequate sleep can also lead to reduced endurance and decreased cognitive function. In addition, sleep deprivation can cause an increase in the stress hormone cortisol, which can lead to muscle breakdown and hinder recovery.

 Exercise Timings & Quality Rest 

 Did you realize that the timing of your exercise can greatly influence your sleep quality? Well, studies have claimed that exercise helps release endorphins that regulate one’s body temperature and also creates a significant level of activity in the brain that can keep you awake. It is essential to give some time to the brain to wind down and the endorphin levels to wash out before you catch a good night’s sleep. Considering the fact that the brain will at least take two to three hours to wash away the endorphins and regulate the ideal cooling temperature for the body to sleep in, exercise in late evenings is not ideal. However, what if we tell you that a mattress can help you keep your body cool, ensuring it’s 4° cooler every time you lay on it? Well, it’s true! Now, get your hands on the coolest mattress you could ever sleep on right here at SleepyCat. The Ultima mattress will keep you cool during the night and you’ll have to worry less about the time you finish your daily workout!  

The importance of Quality Sleep

Did you know that many of the negative health outcomes associated with sleeping less than the ideal amount which is 7-9 hours include weight gain and obesity, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, depression, hypertension, and increased risk of death? This has been proven true by many case studies worldwide. Also, chronic lack of sleep increases the possibility of weaker immune function, heightened pain, inadequate performance, increased scope of errors, and even greater risk of accidents. However, on the other hand, studies have also proven that individuals who slept best tended to indulge in larger amounts of leisure physical activity and effortlessly maintained pleasant moods while they were awake. So, to ensure that you get good quality “and” quantity sleep as well, start by taking the first step which is to get yourself a bed mattress. Right here at SleepyCat, you can begin your journey to attain your quality and quantity  sleep, where you get a variety of mattresses to choose from that are specially curated for you! From a memory foam mattress to a hybrid mattress and many more, they even come in different sizes like the king size mattress, queen size mattress, double bed mattress, and a single mattress we have got you all covered!

 Conclusion

To conclude, if you want to be a real pro not only at sports but at life as well, don’t neglect your Zzz’s. The sleep-exercise connection is a powerful tool that athletes can use to enhance their performance and recovery. By prioritizing quality sleep, athletes can reap the benefits of improved energy, concentration, and physical recovery. So, the next time you hit the gym or step onto the field, remember that your performance is not only determined by your training and nutrition but also by the quality of your sleep. No wonder, a good night’s sleep can be your ultimate performance-enhancing drug and the best part? At SleepyCat you get to achieve this, by choosing from a series of best mattresses and not to mention our specially curatedweighted blankets that ensure your slumber is deep enough by giving you a calm and therapeutic sleep experience. So, sit back, relax, grab a pillow, and begin your quality sleep journey right here. Sleep well, and perform better!

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