Sleep… The greatest way to recover!
We are always trying to find better ways to recover our bodies to help us perform at the highest levels. There are many great ways to recover our bodies, but at the top stands… SLEEP.
The average person needs 7-9 hours of sleep a night. I believe athletes need 8-10 hours of sleep. As a professional athlete I try to get at least 8 hours a night and sometimes throw in a nap anytime before 4 p.m. for forty five minutes to an hour and a half. For everyone sleep should be a priority, but for athletes it’s a must.
Tips on How to get better Sleep
- Don’t sleep with your phone. Something I have started doing is putting my phone in another room when I go to bed. This allows me to focus on going to sleep instead of looking at my phone and it also makes me get up and out of my bed to turn off the alarm in the morning
- No Electronics a hour before bed. People always say I want to go to bed at a certain time so they go lay down in there bed with their phone and the tv on thinking they will fall asleep because they are in bed at that time. If you want to be asleep by 11.00 p.m. turn off all electronics and put your phone away by 10.00 p.m.
- Have a nice Bed, sheets, and pillows. A third of your life is spent sleeping so I would say it’s worth investing in a nice bed, pillow, and sheets. I have sheets from Bedgear.com that I love and also two pillows from them. I’m a side sleeper so I have a neck pillow and one pillow to go in between my legs. Invest in a nice bed, pillow, and sheets. It’s worth the money!
- Find a nighttime drink. There are a lot of different drinks you can conjure up that can help you sleep better. I have 6 oz of warm water with apple cider vinegar and honey before I go to bed. This drink helps my body sleep better and also triggers to my mind that it’s time to go to bed since it’s one of my before bed habits that I have.
The earlier you can go to bed before 12 the better. They say that every hour you get before 12 is worth 2 hours because it allows your body to get into a deep REM cycle before the alarm goes off. I try to get at least one hour of sleep before 12 every night If the situation allows.
Just remember not to steal from sleep. Make sleep a priority and don’t sacrifice sleep for other things. Sleep is the key ingredient for success.
Find a few before bedtime habits that trigger to your mind that it’s time to start winding down and getting ready for bed. There is no better way to recover your body than sleep!
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