A Stiff Neck and Sore Muscles Aren’t Just From Your Workout, it Could be Your Mattress
An article focused on how important a good mattress is to your overall health and workout routine. It shows how sore muscles are often made worse by a poor mattress, as well as the importance of sleep for any workout routine.
We’re in that weird in between period after our new year’s resolutions and before we start hitting the beach in early summer. You’re still trying to give yourself the body that you want in the new year, while desperately trying to fit into that swimsuit you bought while in the throws of seasonal affective disorder. It’s prime fitness time, and that means trying new workout routines. While a mix of yoga, cardio, and free weights is great for getting you toned, it can also lead to sore muscles from workouts that you aren’t used to.
Here’s the thing, those sore muscles might not just be from your new workout routine. It could be your mattress is at fault. Our mattresses are like charging stations for our body, the older the mattress, the less effective the recharge. As we sleep on them (especially older, traditional box spring mattresses), they become deformed with time, saggy and limp. That means that you aren’t getting support in the areas you need, namely the neck, lower back, and hips. It’s no coincidence that those areas are also the ones most typically associated with sore muscles after a workout. Here’s why your mattress is the most important workout tool that you own.
Aching Muscles Need Support From Your Mattress
“Muscles go through quite a bit of physical stress when we exercise,” says Rick Sharp, professor of exercise physiology at Iowa State University in Ames. “Mild soreness just a natural outcome of any kind of physical activity. And they’re most prevalent in beginning stages of any program.”
While that feeling, known as delayed onset muscle soreness, is normal it also requires a significant cool down portion, as the body resets over the next 24 to 48 hours. That muscle soreness is actually caused by microscopic tears in the muscle that result in the aching feeling you might feel even a few days after the workout.
While ice, rest, and compression are all ways to aid your body in its recovery, perhaps the best way is to sleep on a supportive mattress — which allows your muscles to mend while also supporting your back and nerves during this compromised state. A good mattress means that your body will have less aches and pains after a heavy workout by facilitating this mend naturally, allowing you to plan your workout more effectively, with less time lost due to sore muscles.
A Full Night’s Sleep Makes Workouts More Effective
There are vital workout hormones like testosterone and human growth hormone needed for the building blocks of muscle mass. Not only does sleep on a good mattress give us the support we need to avoid muscle soreness, it also gives us longer sessions of unbroken sleep where those hormones are replenished. That makes your recovery time quicker, but it also makes your gains greater in the gym. For reference, NBA superstar Lebron James has stated that he sleeps up to twelve hours a night to aid in getting the workout results he wants. That’s elite level sleeping from an elite level athlete.
While you may not need (or be able to get) the twelve hours of sleep a night that Lebron enjoys, you can utilize sleep to your advantage in your workout. Having a good mattress alleviates sore muscles, promotes growth, and lets you feel energized the morning after a workout instead of like a mass of quivering jelly. So go for the beach bod, and don’t be afraid of a little muscle soreness. Your sleep, workout, and diet are a going to give you the energy and strength to push through and find the body you always wanted. So this summer, grab a new mattress and say hello to a new mattress while waving goodbye to those sore muscles. Still worried you might not be getting enough sleep? Check out this post that will give you all the tell-tale signs to look for and how it can affect your health in some surprising ways.