the link between fitness & sleep
As much as we’d love to, we all know that we can’t stay in bed forever. There are responsibilities to uphold and dreams to catch upon sunrise, not to mention the need for our bodies to move and groove before we can get back into bed.
On national fitness day, we at nanu have been looking into the mutual benefits that exercise and sleep provide for each other. This national celebration of fitness, highlights the role physical activity plays across the UK, helping raise awareness of the importance of leading healthier and more active lifestyles.
Fitness and sleep go hand-in-hand, helping one another to operate a healthy and active body, with many benefits of regular exercise to our sleeping schedule. Regular exercise actually has a chemical effect on our brain, creating more adenosine, which in turn makes you more tired. In fact, this is the same chemical that caffeine blocks to make you feel more alert. The harder we exercise, the more our brains drive us to rest, recover and sleep. Not only does regular exercise help us get to sleep in the evening, but physical activity the afternoon before, supports better concentration and productivity the next day.
Though once your legs are weary from the repetitive squats, and your arms limp from the bench press, how can good sleep help you recover quick enough to do it all over again the next day? The key here is time. As you’re getting your recommended 8 hours of sleep a day, you are giving your body plenty of time to recover, conserve energy, and build up the muscles worked during exercise.
Not getting the magic 8 hours of sleep that you need to recover can significantly impair judgement and reflexes which could lead to fitness-related injury. Not only this but a lack of good sleep will lead to predictable lower energy levels and a significant decrease in motivation, meaning you may not even make it to the gym at all, let alone have an unproductive time there.
So if the perfect night’s sleep is the greatest weapon in a fitness fanatics arsenal, then some great bedding is going to be essential in order to facilitate this. Tailored specifically to your body and sleep preferences, our nanu pillows support your head, neck and back to ensure that your body recovers from the aches and pains of the day. Combine this with our brand new hot¬ duvet which facilitates two different temperatures of sleep for both you and your partner, and you’ve got a gold medal winning sleep combination.
Champion your sleep with nanu and go the extra mile!