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To Sleep or Not to Sleep: A Run Oregon review of sleepwear from SAXX

It’s no surprise that we spend a third of our lives in bed, yet it sort of catches me off guard every time I stop and think about it. As runners, we are so focused in our mileage, routines, and groups that it’s sometimes easy to forget that we should really be investing on making sure our sleep is as solid as we can make it. There are so many articles and posts out there about runners needing good sleep to optimize their performance – and just generally feel better all the way around. Runner’s World has an old article that said this:

It’s during the third and fourth stages of a typical sleep cycle when a body heals itself. That’s when the human growth hormone (HGH) is released from the pituitary gland. Although it’s gotten notoriety as a performance-enhancing drug, in its natural form it plays a key role in building and repairing muscle tissue and bones, as well as acting as a catalyst for the body to use fat as fuel. Without the right amount of HGH in the blood, recovery from workouts is hindered, prolonging the time it takes the body to build a strong aerobic engine.

But what if you’re not getting to those stages appropriately? Obviously, your performance will suffer. There could be a variety of factors that contribute to lack of sleep (late night runs or diet, for example), but a lack of a good and comfortable bed is also something that could be holding you back as well.

We recently received a few pairs of sleepwear items to try – the Sleepwalker Pant and Long Sleeved Top by SAXX.

The Sleepwalker Pant by SAXX is a super casual take on sleepwear. They fit loosely through the seat and legs, making it a perfect pair of pants to both lounge around in and sleep in. They are super light, made of premium Modal™, and are ridiculously soft. These pants are almost as if I have nothing on when I’m walking around – they are that comfortable. They come equipped with the “BallPark Pouch” that SAXX underwear is known for. I find myself immediately putting these on after work or after a long weekend run to just relax in. They come in four color/style options:

  • Charcoal Heather
  • Dark Charcoal Heather
  • Black
  • Grey Sock Monkey

The Long Sleeve top is constructed in the same way and, as a result, is a perfect comfort complement to the pants. It also comes in three colors:

  • Dark Charcoal Heather
  • Black
  • Dark Denim

There’s really nothing better than feeling comfortable and cozy when in need for a solid night’s sleep. Less sleep = less miles so check these out!

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Originality often times means being first and SAXX’s heritage of revolutionizing underwear goes back 10 years. In 2006, Trent Kitsch was on a fishing expedition and after spending hours in a cold, clammy ocean suit he knew there had to be a better way to protect his package from chafing. A former baseball player, he imagined a catcher’s mitt hammock design and turned it upside down in his mind. After the fishing trip, and with the hammock idea still percolating, he worked with a seamstress and designer — and himself as the fit model — to create a paneled fabric hammock that separated his balls from his legs. Fourteen prototypes later, the BallPark Pouch™ and SAXX Underwear were ready for action.

Thank you to SAXX for providing us with sample items. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

About Matt Rasmussen (1516 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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