Tips for better sleep!

Why sleep is so important to fitness and health
Joel Stacey
November 17, 2023
Tips for better sleep!

Optimizing sleep is essential for both physical health and cognitive function. Here are some comprehensive steps and recommendations to improve sleep quality:

  1. Consistent Sleep Schedule:
  2. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends.
  3. This helps regulate your body's internal clock.
  4. Sleep Environment:
  5. Darkness: Ensure your bedroom is dark or use an eye mask. Darkness signals the brain to produce melatonin, the sleep hormone. Even the smallest amount of light can disturb your sleep.
  6. Temperature: Keep the bedroom cool, between 60-67°F (15-19°C). This is a key piece of info. Once I made this change, my sleep dramatically improved!
  7. Noise: Minimize noise or use earplugs, white noise machines, or apps that produce calming sounds. I use a fan at night.
  8. Comfort: Invest in a comfortable mattress and pillows.
  9. Limit Screen Time:
  10. Blue light from screens (phones, tablets, computers, TVs) can interfere with melatonin production. Try to avoid screens at least 1 hour before bedtime or use blue light filters.
  11. Diet and Nutrition:
  12. Avoid caffeine and nicotine close to bedtime. Many people say, I can have caffeine and still fall asleep. Problem is, the half life of caffeine doesn't allow the body to fall into deep or REM sleep. So, no caffeine after 3pm, it's a rule, follow it.
  13. Limit alcohol intake, as it can interfere with your sleep cycle.
  14. Avoid heavy or large meals within a couple of hours of bedtime.
  15. Physical Activity:
  16. Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and enjoy deeper sleep. However, don't exercise too close to bedtime, as it might energize you and make it harder to fall asleep. This is why we WOD!
  17. Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques:
  18. Deep breathing, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, or visualization can help calm your mind.
  19. Reading, taking a warm bath, or listening to soft music can also help you relax.
  20. Use a Yin - Yoga technique it helps greatly.
  21. Limit Naps:
  22. If you choose to nap during the day, limit yourself to 20-30 minutes and avoid doing so late in the afternoon. I avoid naps altogether. You should be sleeping enough not to need a nap.
  23. Natural Sleep Aids:
  24. Some people find herbal remedies like chamomile tea, valerian root, or melatonin supplements helpful. However, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional before using any supplements.
  25. Limit Liquids Before Bed:
  26. This can reduce the need to wake up and use the bathroom.
  27. Establish a Pre-sleep Routine:
  1. Avoid Stress and Anxiety:
  1. Seek Professional Help:
  1. Stay Away from Sleeping Pills (unless prescribed):

Remember that individual needs vary. While the recommended amount of sleep for adults is 7-9 hours a night, some people might feel better with more or less. It's essential to listen to your body and adjust your sleep habits accordingly.

If you can fix your sleep, watch your production at work and the gym sky rocket!

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