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The important relationship between sleep and exercise has been widely researched and documented over the years. Athletes at the top of their game continually praise the importance of sleep in ensuring they can recover properly and perform at their best year after year. But high-quality sleep is not just critical for professional athletes, it also plays a vital role in ensuring every-day people have a healthy workout recovery too.

Neglecting sleep that is both long enough, and of high quality, can single-handedly put a stop to your gains, elevate your injury risk and slow down processes in your body that regulate your physical health and mental state.

Three key things to remember about sleep and exercise –

1. Sleep regulates our physical and mental health

Sleep does many things for us physically and emotionally. Importantly, sleep recharges your nervous system and replenishes your energy stores. Naturally the deeper and better you sleep, the better you recover. Your Central Nervous System (CNS) is responsible for triggering muscle contraction, reaction time and response to pain and without proper sleep you start overloading your body on a larger scale.

What’s more, your endocrine system and hormone profile are working while you’re sleeping. These are really important because they secrete hormones, like cortisol and testosterone that produce muscle growth. In a stressed-out state, people have high cortisol levels, which can hurt performance and goals over a long period of time.

2. The quality of your sleep tonight will affect the intensity of your workout tomorrow.

If you have a bad reload during sleep, the workout you do the next day might seem harder than it normally would. When you’re asleep, your body uses most of its energy to restore your damaged tissues. So if you are getting low quality sleep, or not enough sleep, that’s going to impact your body’s ability to heal itself.

3. The quality of your sleep matters more than your time spent asleep

You can sleep for eight hours; but if the quality isn’t good, you won’t recover as well as if you had six hours of high-quality sleep. You also need an environment which promotes optimal and healthy sleep. That should include a cool, quiet, dark bedroom, the right mattress and base and manchester that breathes naturally.

Without proper sleep and exercise recovery, you start degrading muscle growth and recovery and your CNS stops recharging. Now you feel tired, unmotivated and weak in your workouts, causing a negative feedback loop that could start a vicious cycle.

Want to maximise your workout recovery through sleep?

The relationship between sleep and exercise recovery is an important one to manage properly. If you are looking for Wenatex products to help improve your workout recovery through high quality sleep, browse our range of adjustable bed bases or ergonomic mattresses online today. If you want to learn more about maximising your sleep, get in touch with our team on 1300 858 139 or through our online contact form.

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