If you’re like 40 percent of other Americans, you probably don’t get enough sleep. But what you probably don’t realize is that this lack of sleep is actually a lot more detrimental than you might expect. Studies show that getting less than 7 hours of sleep can cause loss of muscle mass, hinder further development of muscle growth, and there have also been connections made between lack of sleep and weight gain leading to obesity. So you really want to stop sacrificing your sleep, especially if you’re working out and trying to grow muscle! But the big question is: how?! You can use essential oils to help you sleep and repair your muscles more efficiently!!
When you decide to start working out, whether to increase your muscle mass, or just to live a healthier lifestyle, it’s so important that you do it the correct way so that you don’t hurt your body! Most people realize that daily exercise and a healthy diet are important to keeping your body in shape, but what many of you might overlook is the amount of sleep you get each night! With busy schedules, deadlines, and so much to do, it’s easy to put getting enough hours of sleep at the bottom of your priority list! Here’s a little bit more information about exactly why getting 8-10 hours of sleep is such an important thing in your daily life!
Sleep is the Body’s Time to Reset:
It might be difficult to emphasize an adequate amount of sleep each night because it doesn’t seem like you’re doing anything when you sleep! However, when you lay your head down in the evening your body goes into total reset mode, and a lot of important things happen!
Throughout the night you experience a couple different levels of sleep with varying levels of deepness. A sleep cycle consists of three NREM (non-rapid eye movement) stages during which your body works to repair and reset for the new day. The deepest stage is called REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, and this is the level in which dreams occur.
While you sleep your brain is also cleaning up toxins and bad byproducts that build up during the day. This process of waste removal is absolutely essential and so important in order to keep your body working well! According to Dr. Daniel A. Barone, sleep also helps you solidify the memories that you’ve made throughout the day. Your brain processes information that you received during the day and filters out anything that is unimportant or unnecessary! How cool is that?
Sleep and Muscle Growth:
If you’ve decided to rededicate yourself to those new years resolutions, or you just want to get healthier in general, it’s important that you go about your new fitness levels the way. In order to give your body the proper amount of recovery time that it needs, you should be getting 8-10 hours of sleep each night!
When you workout, your muscles get little microscopic tears on the cellular level. After a workout your body works hard to repair those muscles and strengthen them. Sleep is the ideal time for these repairs to take place. Muscle tissue is able to repair and rejuvenate fully when you get the proper amount of sleep!
The Essential Oils to Use For Sleep and Muscle Growth:
There are so many benefits to essential oils and it’s no wonder that so many people have started using them to help them in their fitness programs. These oils will not only help you get more sleep, they’ll help you get better sleep and repair your muscles!
Lavender: This is pretty much the go-to oil when it comes to sleeping. The soothing, and relaxing scent will calm your mind and body so that you are able to get the most rested sleep ever!
Calm: The Viola Essentials Calm blend promotes a sense of calm and relaxation. It can help ease feelings of stress, excitement, and anxiety. Use this oil around bedtime to induce tranquility and stillness
Deep Soothe: Your muscle repair process just got so much easier! Achy and inflammed muscles will be eased and your soreness will subside. This is an absolute must-have oil for those playing sports or exercising regularly
Deep Soothe Muscle Rub: This rick topical cream is infused with Deep Soothe essential oil blend and will provide a comforting sensation of cooling and warmth. Your gym bag isn’t complete without a bottle of this anti-inflammatory, muscle repairing cream!
Tips to Help You Sleep:
Now that you know how important sleep is, you still might be frustrated because you’re never able to make it a big enough priority! The answer to getting enough sleep is going to vary based on what your daily habits are, but here are some tips that will help you get the most out of your sleep:
1. Avoid oversleeping! Getting too much sleep can actually be bad for you! If you oversleep, your body’s natural clock may get upset and you’ll probably have an even harder time getting to sleep the next night. If you have a difficult time waking up in the morning, use Viola Essential’s Sweet Bliss! This citrus blend will heighten your awareness and make waking up a lot easier!!
2. Do things that help you relax in the evenings. If your bedtime routine includes something that raises your levels of stress, try to allow yourself time to really calm down before you get in bed. Taking a warm bath, and applying a soothing oil such as lavender will help you relax and fall asleep easier! Our Calm essential oil blend is also a great option to help you get the rest you need!
3. Find a correct sleeping environment. You’ve probably experienced the upsetting realization in the morning when you realize that you fell asleep on the couch watching TV. Watching the TV before bed raises your alertness and so this should be avoided. You’ll want to make sure your body is in a comfortable position in order to allow your brain to go into that deep REM sleep and really allow your body to heal.
Doing these things will help you get the full night sleep that you deserve! When you push your body, it needs time to rest and repair. Getting a full 8-10 hours of sleep will leave you feeling happy and alert and ready for the day! So if you’re recommitting yourself to your fitness plan, make sure to prepare ahead of time so that you can get the rest that your body needs! Your achy muscles will thank you when you give them the time to fully repair and when you use essential oils to help in this process!