How does sleep (and CBD) affect athletic performance?
As if professional work performance and relationship balance weren’t big enough reasons for you to be getting enough sleep, we’re here to add a third; your workouts. Sleep is a key component of your ability to workout harder, perform better, and for your body to recover faster.
Why is this, you might ask? A few reasons. If we don’t get enough REM-cycle sleep, our memory doesn’t have enough time to repair and consolidate. Important for cognitive reasoning, of course, but also in the case of athletes; a lack of sleep has a significant effect on our ability to make split-second decisions. Can you imagine Serena Williams without her ability to react almost instantly to where the tennis ball is played? Neither can we.
For those of us without 23 grand slam titles, split-second athletic decisions might not feel quite as important. But muscle memory still plays a big role in how we improve in the gym and how likely we are to injure ourselves while working out. According to Fatigue Science, “Another study looking at injury rates in high school athletes found that sleep hours were the strongest predictor of injuries, even more so than hours of practice.” After all, it’s our brains that control our muscle movements; both need lots of rest overnight to perform at 100%.
Sleeping also allows us to produce growth hormones, and hormones help our muscles repair and become long and lean. There’s a great reciprocity here as well; the more you exercise, the better you tend to sleep!
How does b. sleepy help? Well, when we work out, our muscle fibers tear to the point where we reach fatigue. As they repair, we grow stronger. CBD has shown to reduce inflammation and muscle spasms, which in turn helps your muscles to recover faster, and reducing pain as well. And when we sleep longer and better, our muscles and memory have more time to do all of these things.
Try your bottle of b. sleepy today, and see how your workouts and sleep can improve together!