Time To Sleep

Morning all,

It’s time for a #TrainingTips post, which is all about the amazing power of sleep and why sleep should be taken seriously.

Have you ever found that despite you’re food and exercise habits being sooo good that the health and fitness gods would bow down to your greatness, but you still don’t feel or look how you want.  Well maybe, just maybe your sleep habits might be the answer to it all.

Your sleep serves to restore your body and gives the body an opportunity to repair and rejuvenate.  Studies have shown that the restorative functions of the body like muscle growth, protein synthesis and growth hormone release are most predominate during sleep, not only that but the rejuvenating properties of sleep are for cognitive function too.

Here are 5 signs that sleep could be to blame.

  • Your Workouts are feeling too hard
  • You’re unhappy
  • You’re getting sick a lot
  • Your mind is foggy
  • You’re struggling with your weight

 

All of the these can be an indicator that you’re not getting enough sleep.  How many of you actually get 7-10 hours sleep a night?  Not many my guess would be!

Image Source: © Studio | Dreamstime Stock Photos & Stock Free Images

It’s during sleep where our body has the opportunity to rest and reset itself for the next day.  Sleep refreshes our neurotransmitter levels and regulate our hormones.  It’s where our experiences and what we have learnt get processed and cemented into memory.

 

A good bedtime routine is needed:

Turn off all electronic devices 30 minutes before bed

  • The artificial light is a stimuli and can interfere with the production of melatonin, which allows a deep restful sleep.

De-stress

  • Anything to release the stress and tension of the day is perfect.  Something to relax and calm the body like reading, meditation or gentle movements.

A hot bath or shower

  • The heat of the a hot bath or shower can help us relax and chill.

Make the bedroom and relaxing environment

  • The bedroom should be a quiet, peaceful and organised place.

Remove any outside light

  • The bedroom wants to be as dark as possible to maximise melatonin production and removing any unwanted stimuli.

Image Source: http://weclipart.com/sleeping+zzz+clipart

The best way to get a better nights sleep doesn’t just start at night time, it’s a whole day thing.

And heres how to do it:

  • Wake at a time when you feel more alert
  • Be woken up by light
  • Get moving straight away
  • Get into the sun if it’s out
  • Go easy on the caffeine and alcohol in the day
  • Exercise
  • Don’t over do your last meal of the day, feeling stuffed or bloated is never the recipe for a good nights sleep.
  • Watch the fluids a couple of hours before bed
  • Clear your mind
  • Have a bedtime set
  • Sleep at least 7 hours

 

Give it a go and have a great weekend guys.

 

Stay strong and live, love and laugh!

Dan

#GetLeanIn2018

#1CoachDC

#FitFam

 

DISCLAIMER

THIS WEBSITE OFFERS HEALTH, FITNESS AND NUTRITION INFORMATION DESIGNED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.  YOU SHOULD NOT RELY ON THIS INFORMATION AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR, NOR DOES IT REPLACE PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT.  THE OWNER WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN THIS INFORMATION NOR FOR THE AVAILABILITY OF THIS INFORMATION. THE OWNER WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSSES, INJURIES, OR DAMAGES FROM THE DISPLAY OR USE OF THIS INFORMATION.  ANY IMAGES DISPLAYED HAVE BEEN DONE SO IDENTIFYING THE SOURCE FROM WHERE IT WAS FOUND.  PRIOR TO USE ALL IMAGES WILL HAVE UNDERGONE DETAILED SEARCH TO SOURCE THE OWNERSHIP OF SAID IMAGE/S SO TO CREDIT THEIR WORK.  ANY BREACHES OF COPYRIGHT OR LICENCE AGREEMENTS WILL HAVE BEEN DONE SO OUTSIDE OF THE WEBSITE OWNERS KNOWLEDGE AND IS HAPPY THE CREDIT THE ORIGINAL OWNERS WORK OR REMOVE ANY IMAGE/S THAT DO NOT WISH TO BE DISPLAYED.

Leave A Response

* Denotes Required Field