How Important Is Sleep for Muscle Growth?

How Important Is Sleep for Muscle Growth?

As we all know, muscle is a soft tissue found in the human body. Muscle cells have both actin and myosin that travel past each other, causing the muscle to contract to change the shape and length of the cell. The function of a muscle is to make a force of motion. Muscles also help with posture, motion, and internal organ movement.

There are several types of muscle, known as skeletal, cardiac, and smooth muscles. We are familiar with muscle movements, such as the skeletal muscles that contract on command. However, other muscle movements are performed subconsciously, like the cardiac muscles that contract the heart or move the food we consume through the digestive system.

The oxidation of fats and carbohydrates drives power to the muscle cells as well as anaerobic chemical reactions. Adenosine Triphosphates (ATP) molecules result from the anaerobic chemical reactions helping to power movement in the cells.

Muscle growth is largely tied to our genetics, fitness level, and nutritional habits. But many people overlook the importance of sleep on muscle recovery. So just how important is sleep for muscle growth?

What Happens to Muscle During Sleep?

According to The National Sleep Foundation, during the N3Stage of NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep, the body produces human growth hormone (HGH) while also sending increased blood flow to the muscles, resulting in tissue growth and repair. When the body cycles through REM (rapid-eye movement) sleep, the muscles are able to fully relax, which reduces inflammation, relieves stress, and reduces pain. Consistent sleep of 7-9 hours per night helps to maintain our essential internal tissue repair, which stimulates muscle growth and healing.

Sleep research has shown that individuals who get less than 6 hours of sleep per night consistently showed up to 60% less muscle mass than individuals who slept for an average of 8.5 hours per night. Individuals who slept 8.5 hours had 40% more muscle mass than those who slept less. Lack of sleep lowers energy levels, which can cause mood swings, lethargy, and hindered muscle recovery and repair.

Regular exercise routines, including running, weightlifting, swimming, or yoga can help provide a higher quality of sleep. Individuals who exercise more consistently are often able to fall asleep faster and wake less frequently throughout the night, allowing for maximum muscle recovery. It is optimal to conclude physical activity a full two hours before bedtime to allow the body to more easily adjust to sleeping.

How Can CBD Help with Sleep and Muscle Repair?

CBD interacts with the function of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the internal and peripheral nervous system and brain. The body produces natural cannabinoids that work as neurotransmitters with the endocannabinoid receptors. Research has shown the ECS may be responsible for the body regulating a number of internal functions, including digestion and mood.

CBD is the cannabinoid extracted from the hemp plant. Unlike the cannabinoid, which is extracted from the marijuana plant, CBD does not have any mind-altering properties. Initial research indicates that adding natural, plant-based cannabinoids to the body's endocannabinoid system can boost the body’s ability to regulate digestion and mood, improve recover, and reduce soreness and discomfort. 

In 2018, the U.S. government legalized the cultivation and production of CBD extract from the hemp plant. CBD is safe, even in high doses, and does not have addictive properties. This makes it a safe, natural alternative to pharmaceuticals. 

CBD oil is available in a variety of delivery systems made to complement each lifestyle preference. Many companies are producing CBD oil products that offer numerous natural health benefits.

CaniBrands is a cutting edge company that has cultivated its impressive product line to specifically target sports, fitness, and wellness demographics. CaniBrands has scientifically combined vitamins, nutraceuticals, and herbal extracts to produce innovative CBD products designed to be "better together."

Cani-Mend for Muscle Repair

Many new CBD users are athletes, some of whom are looking for help with pain management while trying to eliminate more dangerous pharmaceutical options. Cani-Mend Full-Spectrum Cream is popular with these athletes, who commonly use it topically on the area where their muscles are experiencing pain and discomfort. Cani-Mend is also available for oral application, with sprays that can be absorbed quickly, offering faster relief. The result of using these products is not only a reduction in discomfort, but also a  boost and improvement in muscle recovery.

Cani Sleep for Quality Sleep

As we have learned throughout this piece, quality sleep is essential in achieving optimal muscle growth. The Cani-Sleep experience offers a range of products like tinctures and softgels that help with relaxing and calming the mind for better sleep. If used at least a half-hour before bed, the fast-acting formula can help you fall asleep and stay asleep. 

Better Together

We now know all too well that the quality and amount of sleep we get are crucial for maximum muscle repair, recovery, and growth. So to help ensure you get enough sleep to reach your fitness goals, consider incorporating CBD into your daily routine. CaniBrands offers a full range of CBD oil products that are safe and certified through a world-renowned third-party laboratory that verifies the quality and consistency of its CBD oil. CaniBrands’ goal is to support energy, focus, recovery, stress reduction, and sleep for active people everywhere.