Does sleep affect workout performance? You bet it does. Those hours you spend snoozing can make a big difference at the gym.
Exercise is important. Sleep is important. The two together play such a big role in your health, and are incredibly intertwined. While the adage of “rise and grind” is certainly motivating, should you really be rising and grinding if that means sacrificing your sleep?
When it comes to exercise, it’s easy to think that other aspects of health aren’t as important. However, we know that one part affects them all, and sleep is the part that requires our attention today. Because if you ain’t sleeping, you ain’t making gainz.
In a study done on a small group of athletes, it became apparent that sleep could be the plateau-breaker we’re all looking for. Simply by increasing the amount of sleep they got each night, this group of athletes improved their athletic performance remarkably, with noted changes in speed. Their sprint drill speed dropped an average of two seconds, and when it comes to sprinting, you know what a difference two seconds can make.
On the flip side, people who exercise tend to get better sleep in general. See? It’s a symbiotic relationship! How pleasant for everyone. Regular exercisers report better sleep throughout the night, as well as waking fewer times throughout the night than non-exercisers. Those who spent the majority of the day on their feet? They knocked out at night, and I can attest to that. Working at a gym full time has completely changed my sleep quality. I used to toss and turn, waking multiple times throughout the night. While these nights do still sometimes plague me, it’s more often than not that I am out like a light by 10pm, sleeping hard until my alarm buzzes in the morning.
From personal experience, I can also confirm that exercise performance increases when sleep increases. I always have been early to bed and early to rise, but I soon realized that “early to bed” didn’t seem quite so early when I was rising at 5 or 6am to hit a workout. And as my days got busier, my nights got longer, and I wasn’t falling asleep until around 11:30 or 12 on most nights. However, as soon as I made a conscious effort to get to bed earlier, I can’t emphasize enough how much better my workouts felt. I was rising and SHINING, as opposed to my usual stumble-out-of-bed-and-grab-the-preworkout routine. It didn’t take me as long to warm up because I was mentally involved in my workout, rather than still trying to wake up.
Getting more sleep – I would if I could, right? Well, you can. And you need to. You’ll find me in bed at 8pm on a Saturday night, and I ain’t ashamed about it. The quality of sleep matters, and when you have a mattress that you look forward to getting in each night, you won’t be able to resist the urge to creep into bed earlier and earlier. Sleep Number knows sleep like no one else, and they alone know that everyone requires their own personal comfort in order to get the best sleep possible. With a mattress that molds to you, adjusts to your desired firmness, and gives you actual feedback on your sleep quality, you’ll be amazed at how your workouts improve as a result of sleeping on this godsend of a mattress.
I encourage you to try falling asleep a little bit earlier tonight. You just might have the best workout of your life tomorrow.