Let’s talk sleep!
We all go through a phase were we think we are invincible and don’t require much sleep. I often hear my clients tell me, ‘I function well with four hours of sleep.’ The truth of the matter is that most of these people haven’t tried sleeping more than four hours, they don’t know what they’re missing! It’s true that some humans can function quite well with a lack of sleep, and even with chronic low-sleep and you can get through your day. Running off elevated cortisol, using coffee as a stimulus then a glass of wine to help you relax at night – I have seen it work, but that doesn’t mean you won’t benefit tremendously from improving your sleep habits.
I wanted to leave you with a few tips which, if you implement straight away, will give you instant improvements in your training and productivity.
5 Simple tips for a better nights sleep⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Go to bed earlier! It’s a simple way to get more sleep, but understand it’s not just about quantity, quality is also important.
- Make sure your bedroom is pitch black or as dark as you can make it. Light will affect your body’s ability to produce melatonin (the hormone to make you sleepy).
- Remove electronics at least an hour before bed – yes I’m talking to the Instagram junkies! I have had some of my clients even shut of all lights an hour before going to sleep, using candles instead. This is like magic for some.
- Download the app Headspace and do a diaphragmatic breathing exercise before sleeping. I always harp on about this but it helps immensely with people who are sympathetic dominant.
- End the day with some quiet reflection – write a gratitude log with 3-5 things you are grateful to have.
Remember for this to work it’s all about establishing a routine. Make getting a good night sleep an priority and see the affect it can have on your day