Sleep Soundly for Superior Recovery
BY ENDURANCE NEWS STAFF
"Sleep deprivation can put you in one of the worst holes you’ll ever experience. It goes hand in hand with overtraining, erratic training, and poor performances."
Those are words from highly-respected coach Nate Llerandi, who labeled the lack of quality sleep “the ultimate performance killer.”
Dr. Bill Misner elaborates:
"Deep sleep patterns may mean the difference between big anabolic gains and none at all! Both bodily repair and anabolic growth occur only during quality rest, and when deep sleep patterns become routine."
While lack of sleep can have dire consequences, adequate sleep provides only positive, healthful benefits. In a typical day, a person’s waking hours are consumed trying to meet the many mental and physical demands encountered at every turn, as well as replenishing vital nutrients as they are being used up during these daily activities. In the hours remaining—during sleep—the body takes time out to rebuild and recharge, preparing for the day ahead.
It’s pretty obvious: if you’re not obtaining the right amount of high quality sleep each and every night, not only is your athletic performance being sabotaged, so too is your overall health! If you’re not sleeping, you’re not recovering. Period.
Common problem, disastrous results
Getting sufficient high-quality sleep is an issue that plagues athletes and non-athletes alike. In fact, an estimated 30%-50% of the general population experiences bouts of sleeplessness and 10% have chronic insomnia. A survey done by the National Sleep Foundation in 2005 reported the following percentages* of these symptoms that were experienced frequently by the adult population:
- 38% woke up feeling unrefreshed
- 32% woke often during the night
- 21% reported waking too early, not being able to get back to sleep and difficulty falling asleep
(*Given that this survey was done over a decade ago, it wouldn’t be surprising if those percentages have increased even more.)
The supplement solution to ensure sufficient sleep
The connections between health, athletic performance, and sleep are hard to overstate. Mood, motivation, muscular repair, hormone regulation, quality of digestion, and mental focus are just a few of the things that will deteriorate if you aren’t sleeping well. If you hope to make gains in your training, maintain a strong immune system, get the most from your day, and simply enjoy your life, you must get adequate sleep.
Fortunately, Hammer Nutrition produces three supplements which help alleviate the effects of stress—the most common cause for sleep issues— while also safely and effectively supporting sound, restful sleep.
Headed up by melatonin, REM Caps contains a proprietary blend of specific nutrients in therapeutic doses, all of which work synergistically to safely and effectively help you quickly fall—and stay—asleep.
Contains Phytocannabinoid-Rich Hemp Oil, which interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. Of its important roles in the body, the endocannabinoid system helps regulate sleeping patterns. The phytocannabinoids in Hammer Hemp augments the body’s natural production of cannabinoids, helping to ensure sufficient amounts are available to positively influence sleep.
Of the hundreds of roles magnesium plays in the body, one of the primary benefits for aiding sleep is that it helps the muscles and nerves to relax. Additionally, along with the valerian root extract in REM Caps, magnesium may provide noticeable relief for anyone suffering from night cramping.
This unique and highly effective combination allows you to reap the health and performance benefits of a more sound, restful, and productive sleep, all year long.