Exercise, nutrition and sleep make a valuable health circle comprising the three essential elements of fitness. If you’re looking for the whys of sleep and performance go back and check out our previous article here!
How to get better sleep is really the key to all of this. Most of us can get in bed on time. But do we shut out the lights, calm our bodies/minds down, and really focus on our relaxation? Or, are you hustle and bustling all the way right up to lights out time? Are you the type of person who watches something scary, in bed, on a tv, right before you shut out the lights and try to sleep? … right…. that’s no bueno!
Here are 5 don’ts when trying to maximize your sleep quality:
For a good night’s rest, you need a good sleep system. You spend one-third of your life in bed, so it’s worth it to get the right system. Disruption of sleep—be it tossing and turning or actually waking up—throws off your sleep patterns and deprives you of the true benefits of sleep. Many people wake up and toss and turn because they sleep on an uncomfortable surface that cuts off circulation to their muscles during the night.
Here’s what we recommend:
Sleep Well, Workout Hard
At this point you probably are worrying you aren’t reaching your full potential because you’re not sleeping enough or not sleeping well enough. That’s a good thing because it’s probably true. But keep in mind that sleeping better isn’t difficult; it just takes some effort and discipline. Yeah, I know: 7-9 hours sounds like a lot of sleep. Trust us, as a human who needs to perform at the gym, at your workplace, and at home, you probably need it if you want to maximize your gains. The good news is it’s the easiest way to see significant improvements in performance. So by just following some of the above tips, you should be well on your way to better health and better fitness and a better life!