Sleep is absolutely essential to our well-being. It helps us recover, reduce stress and all around makes me a nicer person to be around. Yet, we quite often fail to get sufficient sleep to aid in our recovery from training. Whether we are on our phones late into the night or watching TV, it seems there is always something keeping us awake.
“The light from our devices is “short-wavelength-enriched,” meaning it has a higher concentration of blue light than natural light—and blue light affects levels of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin more than any other wavelength.”
Turn your phones, laptops and TV off at least thirty minutes prior to bed, 1 hour is better. This will allow your body to start preparing to go into zzzzzzzz mode. Set a bed time and stick to it. I know, I know, we are adults, we can go to bed whenever we like! Yes, that is true and also harming our ability to wake up the next morning fresh and ready to tackle the challenges we face. Need your phone because you use it as your alarm? Get an alarm clock! There are some really slick ones on Amazon that cost as little as 2 Starbucks coffees.
Once you get this first part down, then it is time to find ways to increase our recovery time through sleep. Try your best to change your routines or be more efficient in the morning so that you can add another thirty minutes of sleep. Of course, this is easier said than done, especially for those of us with children. That just makes the challenge even more worth it!
As we get better at increasing the time we get with our eye lids in rest mode our bodies will thank us for it. Our health will improve and our performance will reflect our new and improved recovery!
So, go to sleep! Trust me, you’ll thank me later.
No Retreat, No Surrender.