Sports Medicine

WHAT HAS SLEEP GOT TO DO WITH ACTIVITY?

Physical fitness rests to a large degree on good rest during sleep, as it is only during stable sleep that muscles are repaired. It is therefore crucial to enjoy sufficient amount of stable sleep, driven by parasympathetic dominance to be able to benefit from physical activity.

Injuries result from stressed muscles, reduced cognition, fatigue and general tiredness. Sufficient amount of good quality sleep is an excellent prevention for injuries, and it is Nature’s way of healing with curative qualities that will speed recovery times.

Measuring Heart Rate Variability is a commonly used method to manage exercise programs, with 5 minute HRV analysis during wake used to assess physical strength and readiness.

Measuring Cardiopulmonary Coupling during sleep that lasts on average 8 hours will provide information that is by magnitude better and more actionable to assess true recovery and readiness. CPC measures coupling of HRV and respiration, with output that reflects sympathetic vs. parasympathetic dominance during the sleep period.

When a fraction of a second can determine a winner, the ability to use 8 hours to prepare for optimized readiness can make all the difference to give the edge to win.

Sleep is a very powerful tool to gain advantage, but not just any sleep. Only a sleep measurement that assesses sleep quality based on Autonomic Nervous System balance provides information that is relevant and actionable to manage fatigue and circadian rhythms.