Health and Wellness

Why Good Quality Sleep Is Essential for Recovery and Performance

By Clementine Beale | Published the 11th Jun 2018

If you’re getting awesome results from your exercise regime, it’s understandable that you want to keep the momentum going. No pain, no gain – right? It’s not all about protein shakes and ice baths – sleep can also have a surprising impact on your recovery and performance.

So, where does your magnesium supplement factor in? When it comes to magnesium oil for sleep, this incredible mineral has a longstanding reputation for helping provide better quality sleep to allow for optimal recovery for your body.

Giving your body a chance to recover

Exercising causes micro-damage within the muscle tissue which the body then needs to repair, and a lot of this process occurs at night. Going through the five stages of the sleep cycle, including REM (rapid eye movement) and non-REM stages, allows your muscle and tissue to be rejuvenated and new cells to regenerate. During non-REM sleep, when your brain is quiet, is when blood supply to the muscles increases and the pituitary gland releases human growth hormone, which enhances healing and growth. As you can see, your body does a lot of healing at night which is why good quality sleep needs to be prioritised!

Boosting your performance

It’s not just recovery that sleep can help with, it can also enhance your performance when you go to exercise the next day. Without good quality sleep, your body can experience higher levels of cortisol, decreased activity of human growth hormone and decreased glycogen synthesis – none of this bodes well for an effective workout! If you focus on good quality sleep, it can mean better reaction times, reduced risk of injury, better accuracy and a positive attitude.

Getting good quality sleep

Struggling to get good quality sleep after exercising? Yep, it’s a common problem. While some people find that exercising is enough to help them slip into a deep sleep, others find that they still have difficulty. If this sounds familiar, magnesium could be a helpful tool to help you achieve deeper sleep. It works with the GABA receptors to calm the central nervous system and let the parasympathetic nervous system take over, which is in charge of your ‘rest and digest’ function. This allows you to drift into a deeper, better quality sleep so you can get back into exercise the next day!

For optimal recovery and performance, Salt Lab brings you a high grade magnesium oil which is highly concentrated and easily absorbed through the skin for maximum results. Our magnesium oil is safe for everyone and vegan friendly.

If you want to experience the benefits for yourself, try a few sprays a day of Salt Lab's high grade magnesium oil. You can also give our newly created deconstructed bath bomb a try!