It probably already goes without saying that getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Whether you’re out of shape, or in top triathlon form, trying to get by on a low amount of quality sleep is a bad idea, with plenty of ill effects to be had.
For those who ride a bike regularly, insufficient sleep amounts can have an even worse effect.
Below, we’ll highlight some of the more pronounced effects of improper sleep amounts on your cycling, and what you can do to ensure better sleep.
Poor sleep affects most people the same way for day-to-day stuff, but cyclists will have some notable disadvantages to deal with.
Our bodies use sleep as a way to undergo glycogen resynthesis, which is a fancy way of saying they replenish spent energy. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, you won’t have the proper amount of energy available for riding well, let alone anything else.
Repair and recovery is another crucial process the body using sleep for; it’s not all about being tired. Getting your 6-9 hours a night is essential for your muscles to repair and recover from the stress your workouts and training put on them, which in turn strengthens them to better handle the load going forward.
Metal ability also suffers from poor sleep, which means you may be slower at decisions making, and being aware of your surroundings. These are two things you definitely need when riding safely.
Insufficient sleep can leave your immune system in a weaker state, which in turn makes you more vulnerable to bacteria and other causes of illness.
Getting proper sleep isn’t a complicated science. Here are some quick tips for getting better sleep at night.
Believe it or not, that smartphone, tablet, or television is actively working to keep you awake. The blue light emitted from these devices actually inhibits melatonin production. Keep their usage to a minimum before bed.
Getting the same type of sleep every night is not just relegated to the actual amount. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day is the best way for your body to get in more of an efficient sleep cycle.
Setting the mood for your sleep each night is highly recommended. That means no noise, no lights, or anything else that may disturb your sleep. If you live where there’s noise at night outside, consider using some sort of soft, white noise in the background. Also, don’t eat before bed.
Getting good sleep is important for pretty much everything we do. If you think it won’t affect your cycling, and that you can just somehow power through it all the time, you’re wrong. Always strive for proper sleep, especially when staying active. Your legs will thank you -- and probably the rest of your body too.
This post was last updated on September 21st, 2018 at 02:37 pm
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