Recovery is Über important for recovery. However, time spent in the bed does not necessarily mean you’re getting quality sleep! If you sleep well, your body will recover better, you’ll have more energy and your chances of getting heart disease, diabetes and depression also get lowered!
Here are some pointers to improve your sleep and feel more rested in the morning:
– Skip that drink!
Alcoholic beverages might make you feel like you’re getting sleepy and yes, you might fall asleep quicker. However, during your sleep it has a reverse effect. About 4-5 hours into your sleep you might wake up and have a hard time falling back asleep. Plus, those late useless calories don’t do you much good anyway. Also avoid caffeine and nicotine!
– Calm down your breathing
When you’re about to fall asleep, try to calm down your breathing. Some people wake up many times from abnormal breathing. If this happens, go see your doctor!
– If you can, work out earlier!
Working out is great any time of the day but if it effects your sleep, try to make your session a bit earlier. It takes 3-4 hours until your body is fully cooled down and relaxed. Don’t skip it though, physical training does wonders for you!
– Make your bedroom look like a sleeping environment
Make your bedroom a silent, dark and peaceful area. Also make sure the temperature is comfortable.
– Fluid intake
Drink enough so you don’t wake up thirsty but not too much so you have to run to the bathroom all night.
If you live in a dry climate, use a humidifier. Waking up with a dry mouth isn’t too pleasant and also not healthy.
By Sander Vanacker for FitGuana
Sander Vanacker is a personal trainer, CEO of Bring Back Nature, Inc. and founder of FitGuana. He believes in improving health and wellness by incorporating more nature into our lives, being active and spending more time outdoors.