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Sleep and Recovery – What’s the Relation?

Hey, legends,

You’ve probably heard how rest is important for injury recovery! 

Beyond moving around less and cutting back on exercise, people often fail to consider the importance of sleep as part of the recovery process.

From active individuals to professional athletes, sleep plays a crucial role in injury recovery. Whether you’re dealing with a muscle strain, damaged tendon, or bone injury, sleep is key to getting your body back in top form. 

One night of poor sleep is unlikely to have a negative impact on your ability to heal from an injury, but problems can start to creep in when you skimp on sleep for days at a time. The amount of sleep needed per night varies from person to person, but in general, most adults should aim to sleep somewhere between seven and nine hours each night.

Whilst we are sleeping muscles and tissues repair and rejuvenate as we sleep, so if you’re not getting a sufficient amount of rest each night, it’s going to be harder for your body to bounce back from an injury. If you really want to get better, you need to give your body time to heal.

Let’s dive a little into the science:

  • The first reason relates to blood flow. As you fall into the deeper stages of sleep, your muscles will see an increase in blood flow, which brings along oxygen and nutrients that help recover and repair muscles.
  • Hormones play a role, too. When the body enters its deep sleep stage known as non-REM sleep, the pituitary gland releases growth hormones that stimulate muscle repair and growth. When the body doesn’t get enough rest, the secretion of this growth hormone declines, and it can become harder for your body to recover from injuries.
  • The hormone prolactin, which helps regulate inflammation, is also released while sleeping. If you don’t get enough sleep, you’re more likely to experience inflammation in the body, which can make injury recovery more difficult while also putting you at risk of further injury.

So there shows just how crucial sleep can be on our recovery system to ensure we are decreasing the likelihood of injury and repairing our micro muscle tears in time for our next training session! 

If you struggle with increasing your sleep due to stress or aches and pains, speak to the team about how we can help minimise these external pressures in order to help your sleeping pattern! I hope this information has been helpful for you! Like always the team is here to help you! If you feel you need further help with your eating journey please send us an email or call us, you can find our contact details here.

Stay safe, stay healthy and we can’t wait to see you THIS MONDAY!!

Team FitTech!

Abby Simpson

EMS Trainer/Personal Trainer @FitTech Studios

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