Sleep More Like This and See the Results at the Gym
So it’s peak outdoor season and you’re trying to be your best self and get fit. You bike to work, you eat right, and have a tip top training regimen. You’ve got hot yoga, pilates, resistance training, and now… a good mattress? It’s true. All the work you’re putting in during the day must be matched at night. Often times we feel guilty for getting a ton of sleep. It feels indulgent or like time wasted. This couldn’t be further from the truth. A good mattress and plenty of sleep time is one of the best things you can do for your body. So let’s look at some reasons why your Nectar time is just as important as your crossfit time. Workouts are just that — work. Every workout is sort of like a little trauma for your body. Yes it is good for you. But in the moment you build up lactic acids in your muscles and deplete vital stores of hormones. Sleep is the time when the body can replenish those stores. This will help you not only back to where you were, but past it to a new fitness peak.
The Four Stages of Sleep and How it Affects your Workout
Without getting too technical, we do have to understand the steps of the sleep cycle.
- Light Sleep (Muscles relax, eyes close, still somewhat conscious)
- Beginning sleep (light dreamless sleep)
- Slow Wave Sleep (building up physical and mental energy, muscle activity decreases)
- REM Sleep (deep sleep, brain is very active but body is not)
The thing that ties your workout routines to your sleep schedule is what happens during slow wave sleep (step three) as your muscle activity slows and your body begins to produce the hormones it needs. Human growth hormone is vital for recovery and wellness. This is produced in large amounts during the slow wave sleep — which can only be reached when you are sleeping soundly. This means that a good mattress will get you more quickly into a deep restful state than a poor one. Human growth hormone is also vital in other body functions. It is vital for regulating the body’s metabolism. This means that not only will you be developing muscles better, you will also help your body process fat and burn fuel better. Getting to stage three sleep is promoted by Nectar by using cutting edge technology to get you rested sooner. It’s breathing base layer is a perfect example of how a good mattress can make all the difference. Nectar is built on the densest yet most breathable base layer of any mattress. Our base measures over a 2.2 ILD rating, which is almost twice as good as other mattresses that use a base layer of 1.5 ILD or less. Base quality is the foundation of a good night’s sleep — and a good night’s sleep is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. Stay tuned for more tips on how to make sleeping (and a good mattress from Nectar) an integral part of your wellness routine.