Nutrition

Sleep, Recovery & Casein Protein

November 27, 2017
There is much debate about casein vs whey protein when it comes to what works best and when is the best time to take them.

There is much debate about casein vs whey protein when it comes to what works best and when is the best time to take them. Whey protein is a very fast digesting and bioavailable protein that is naturally high in leucine, a key amino acid that assists in protein muscle synthesis. Casein is a slow digesting protein often recommended as a pre-bedtime snack to prevent muscle breakdown overnight.

Nighttime Troubles
It is not a secret that getting a good night’s rest is an important part of any training plan, maybe even more important than the training session itself. Sleep helps the body heal, prevents injuries and illness, and supports brain and heart health. This process is slowed when your body is working. One way we make our body work overnight is through digestion; when we eat a large meal or a slow digesting food, like casein, it takes energy away from the healing process.

Casein proteins aren’t just slow digesting; they are hard to digest. When casein enters the stomach, it becomes a solid curd, which takes a long time for the body to breakdown. This process does keep you satiated, but it also can cause bloating and discomfort. This is one of the main reasons casein is marketed as a pre-sleep protein, the hope is that you won’t notice the negative side effects overnight.

But I’m Hungry….
It’s understandable that there are times when late night hunger strikes, or maybe you have protein macros left over that you need to consume. It might be smart to reach for whey protein over casein pudding when you consider how your digestive system reacts during rest. Digestion actually slows down when you’re asleep which means the absorption of key amino acids from whey that are needed for recovery have a considerably slower uptake. If you really need something before bed take a scoop of SFH FUEL. The whey protein provides you with a clean source for protein synthesis, and the MCTs and fiber give your body a source of fuel to prevent the body from using lean muscle as fuel overnight.

Another option would be to reach for a milk-based snack with added whey. Mixing SFH PURE with milk or cottage cheese before bed would be a great alternative to casein, and more affordable too!

When looking for a protein supplement it is important to consider clean sources and effective products. Not all protein sources are created equal and it is important to know how each reacts in the body when selecting the best protein supplement to meet your goals.

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“Paleo Nick” Massie is a gym owner, explorer, family man and professional culinary ninja. He is passionate about food and fitness and continues to explore the intersection of the two.

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