SLEEP AND HOW IT AFFECTS RECOVERY
04/04/2019

Sleeping is a biological process with great impacts on human behavior. Some scientific research has shown that it has important implications in memory, neuro-plasticity and, above all, energy balance, especially after physical fatigue. Throughout the day, our energies are depleted, basically, due to mental or physical activities. Our body directs one third of the time per day to restore this energy storage; However, depending on how exhausted we are, this time could last longer.

Sleeping after a day of training is important to promote brain rest, muscle repair and avoid fatigue.

Busy Brain

Sleep and brain rest:

The main characteristic of sleep is that it provides rest to the brain, the organ responsible for coordinating most bodily activities. Alteration in sleep patterns compromises exercise routines, since the brain coordinates muscle contractions. Therefore, having a correct sleep routine is essential for a healthy life, especially for athletes.

Sleep and muscle repair:

During sleep after exercise, the rate of protein synthesis in the muscles increases. This effect increases markedly during sleep, when the muscle fibers are relaxed. Sleeping is essential in the recovery phase after exercise, promotes muscle healing and also helps to increase your strength and adaptation.

Finally, the rest associated with sleep gives the body enough time to repair and reconstruct not only the muscles, but also the associated connective tissue, which is also fundamental for the restoration of functionality and adaptation.

Sleeping Woman

Sleep against muscle fatigue:

Some studies suggest that sleep helps to recover from exercise fatigue. This has been validated by the fact that athletes with intense workouts have compensatory sleep patterns after their exercise routine.

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