Rise and shine! Or, maybe you’re rising, but not doing so much shining. If you’re lacking sleep, the effects are noticeable- and your workouts could be suffering as a result. Sleep and weight loss, muscle growth and athletic performance are all connected. Sleep Number® wants you to feel and perform your best, so we’ve teamed up to bring you 5 reasons to make sleep a part of your training.
There are three little words that no one wants to hear:
“You look tired.”
While usually well-meant, we all know it’s just a nicer way of saying “wow, you’re looking pretty rough.”
But when we hear these words, we already know that we look tired. We are tired. We’re exhausted. We definitely didn’t get enough sleep last night. And according to a study by the CDC, we’re not alone. 25% of Americans admit to being sleep-deprived, and 35% get less than 7 hours of sleep per night. In addition to impaired focus and bad moods, lack of sleep can also have a detrimental affect on your workouts.
Getting more sleep is much easier said than done – unless you have a Sleep Number® bed. Only Sleep Number beds give you the individualized comfort you need, and is clinically proven to improve sleep quality. Better sleep leads to more sleep, which leads to improved performance in the gym and a healthier you in general. Just as important as regular exercise and healthy nutrition, here are 5 reasons to make sleep part of your training regimen.
You’ll Build More Lean Muscle
Whether your goal is to lose weight or get stronger, lean muscle is what we’re all after. Building lean muscle not only looks good (hello, toned arms), but it serves a higher purpose when it comes to burning more calories at rest and ultimately keeping us alive longer. A recent study found that lack of sleep resulted in loss of lean muscle mass (up to 60% more than those with sufficient sleep). To keep that lean muscle and build even more, make sure you get those Zzz’s.
You’ll Lose Fat More Easily
That same study that found loss of lean muscle mass in those deprived of sleep also found that lack of sleep made it much harder to lose fat- 55% harder, to be exact. Sleep and weight loss are inherently connected, so if you’re holding on to excess fat and aren’t sure why, take a look at your sleeping habits and you might find the answer.
You’ll Be Faster
Sprinting is hard even when you’re fully rested and well-fueled, so you can imagine how much more difficult it is when you’re already exhausted. The energy that powers you through hard workouts is called glycogen and is stored in your muscles. A study of male sprinters revealed that those who did not get enough sleep had dramatically less muscle glycogen, making their sprinting times much slower overall.
Your Muscles Will Repair Faster
You might think that sleepy time means your body is on total shutdown, but there’s more going on behind the scenes than you might think. During sleep, your body finally has time to repair itself without expending energy on the hustle and bustle of your everyday activities. Finally, your muscles can repair themselves from the hard workouts- but just when they’re feeling a little refreshed, you’re up and at it again the next day. Tack on an extra 2 hours of sleep to your night and you’ll feel less sore and more capable.
You’ll Be a Better Athlete
Even if you’ve never played on a team in your life, all physical activity originates from an athletic standpoint. And like any true athlete, you should be trying to get better at your chosen sport, whether it’s running, weight lifting, yoga, or anything else! Sleep can help with that. Standford basketball players underwent a study and found that their reflexes were faster, their shots more accurate, and their speed much improved when they slept an extra 2 hours each night. Professional triathletes even add naps into their day! More sleep and better workouts? Win-win.
Learn more about sleep and weight loss and athletic performance at the @SNSweepstakes Twitter chat!
August 4, 2016 at 9pm EST