Why Runners Need Quality Sleep

Don't forget the importance of sleep for runners in your training plan. Sleep well and watch your running soar! happyfitmama.com

This is a sponsored post on behalf of OSO Mattress.

I’m a girl that loves her sleep. When my head hits the pillow, I am o-u-t OUT.

The only time that I’ve had trouble sleeping in my life is when I was pregnant with my twins. My mind was constantly on. It didn’t help that when I couldn’t sleep, I’d head to my computer to Google twin pregnancies. If you’ve ever done that, you know what comes up. Basically, it’s site after site with horror stories of what can go wrong and how you are destined to go into labor early and your babies will be in a NICU for months.

Not particularly bedtime soothing information.

After my kids were born, all those sleepless nights paid off. Who knew I could function with night after night of interrupted sleep? Thankfully, both of my kids were sleeping through the night at three months. I bow down to any parent that has a child who wakes up constantly throughout the night. Three months was about all I could handle!

sunrise runner | happyfitmama.com

I generally get seven hours of sleep a night. Although, recently, I’ve found that I’m closer to six. The culprit? Staying up later to work on the blog, freelance writing projects or getting sucked into watching multiple episodes of our favorite shows.

Another reason? Taking one last glance at my phone before bed. I’ll scroll through Instagram or Facebook and before I know it, I’ve lost an hour of sleep. Talk about a time suck!

All of this lost sleep time adds up. You can’t bank it and you can’t make up for it by sleeping later the next day.

Sleep deprivation is very important for everyone but especially for active people – I’m looking at you runners. When you sleep, that is when your body is recovering from all of your hard workouts. Sleepy time is when your body repairs and regenerates damaged tissue and builds bone and muscle to be ready for whatever torture fun workout you have planned next on the schedule. It’s also the time when your body is boosting your immune system.

Summer cravings include sweaty sunrise runs. | happyfitmama.com

You may be doing all the other recovery things like foam rolling, eating enough protein, fats and carbs, staying hydrated, etc., but is your sleep a priority?

Now that you all know my secret, I’ve been sleeping a lot better.

Overall, we love our new OSO Mattress. Going from a regular spring mattress to foam, it took a couple nights of sleep to get used to it. But now, it’s like sleeping on a cloud with just enough firmness. And TONS of space.


Why did it take us so long to get a King size mattress?

In addition to a new mattress, I also have been trying to commit to getting more quality shut eye.

Here’s how you can improve your sleep quality:

Make it a priority! Think of it as another tool in your Runner’s Toolbox to be a stronger, faster runner.

Keep electronics off your night stand. This is a hard one especially if you use your phone as an alarm clock like I do. Try putting the phone on a dresser away from your bed so that you aren’t tempted to take one last look. Or that you don’t wake up in the middle of the night and start to scroll through social media. (I’m guilty of that one too!)

Go to bed and wake up at close to the same time every day. During the week, I’m very consistent with this. The weekend? That’s a different story.

If you would like to experience your own OSO mattress, you can get $50 off any size (Twin to California King) with code FitMama50 at checkout from ososleep.com.

Is sleep a priority to you?

What do you do when you can’t sleep?


10 comments on “Why Runners Need Quality Sleep

  1. Sleep is totally a priority! I’ve always needed my sleep, and I sleep well. I try to go to bed around 9:00 at night and get up 5:00~5:30. I used to get up earlier, but due to some schedule changes, I don’t have to get up so early these days. It’s always my goal to be up an hour or two before everyone else to have some quiet time, work time, workout time, etc.

  2. I love my sleep too! I definitely make it a priority to be in bed by 10- and on the nights that I push it, I feel it the next day. I’ve started keeping my phone downstairs plugged in because you’re so right, it can easily add an hour to my bedtime!

  3. What’s sleep again? Just kidding….tired mama here! I was doing really good at going to bed by 10 pm months ago and I’ve fallen out of the habit. Everything from ideas going through my head, to social media to young kids waking up, keep me from good sleep. It’s a must and I know it, I’m trying hard to get better sleep these last few weeks.

  4. Sleep is so important!! I really need to get more sleep. So glad I’m not the only one who uses the phone for an alarm and then the temptation to scroll one last time to social media. You are right – it’s such a time suck!!
    I love Laura’s idea of leaving it somewhere else in the house.
    A great mattress is the best and this one looks awesome – enjoy!!!

  5. Sleep is definitely a priority for me! The more I run and workout the more I realize how integral it is for me to get really anything done during the day. I like doing yoga poses in the evening and drinking Natural Calm magnesium powder to help me sleep better.

  6. For athletes, sleep should definitely be a priority. I don’t remember exactly the person, but some famous athlete said that sleep is 50% of his training.

    As a runner, I can definitely notice a difference when I sleep <7hr

  7. I was really good about prioritizing sleep during the summer and early fall but now I’m back to my bad sleeping habits! Staying up too late, getting sucked into my phone before bed – I need to put it in another room or something!

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