The power of sleep and the profound effect it has on our overall health and performance in the gym is frequently neglected. Sleep isn’t usually seen as a priority when it just seems like there are too many things to accomplish in a day. Positive sleep habits like avoiding screens, keeping a cool, dark room and eliminating distractions are a great start to get proper sleep on a consistent basis.
The last installment of our supplement focus in October will look at some options we can explore to help promote better sleep. The importance of achieving good sleep on a consistent basis cannot be overstated. Lack of sleep over the long term has negative effects on many adverse health conditions and diseases. Sleep supports and drives everything we do as humans. Let’s take a look!
Melatonin - mentioned in last week’s post, this supplement is very common and is a hormone that we produce naturally. It can help reduce the time it takes to fall asleep and promotes better duration of sleep. It is available in many doses and forms for any consumer!
Magnesium - also mentioned in last week’s post, magnesium may help quiet the mind and body by promoting relaxation. It can achieve this by regulating melatonin and can be used in conjunction. Magnesium can also influence the production of GABA (discussed below) which has calming effects. Once again this essential mineral proves to be extremely useful!
GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid) - this naturally occurring amino acid attaches to a GABA receptor in the brain producing a calming effect. It can help with feelings of stress, anxiety and fear. More research is needed but GABA is becoming a widely popular supplement for sleep and relaxation.
ZMA (Zinc Magnesium Aspartate) - a combination of Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin B6. A very popular supplement among fitness enthusiasts, helps promote restful sleep. Additionally, these ingredients provide immune system support and can provide added support if you have a deficiency in any one of them.
Sleep is king. It is the best performance enhancer and it will never be beaten. Make time for it and make it a priority. Any goal you hope to achieve in life or in the gym will be made easier with good, consistent sleep. Your body and your mind will thank you for it!