In fact it’s an important one. Actually an essential one. It’s kind of the unsung hero of health. And we don’t generally value it enough as a society. Sleep is when your body heals & repairs the damage you’ve done in the day. This is especially important when we are looking at fitness & performance. During exercise we break down our muscles. If you don’t get adequate sleep – your body cannot do it’s job to rebuild. According to most health experts, ideally we should be aiming for 7-8 hours per night.
I know that is tricky – especially for the momma’s & shift workers in this group. But just like in fitness – do your best!!
So – tips for better sleep:
- be consistent (surprise, surprise). Go to bed and wake at the same (ish) times each night – including weekends
- exercise daily (I promise I didn’t make this up!)
- have a bed time ritual (yes…just like your kids) this cues the body to wind down & prepare for sleep
- no screens within at LEAST 30 minutes before bed (because the screen/light stimulates all the WRONG areas of your brain for sleep)
- create a cool, dark sleeping environment – be mindful of any light – even that from your clock! Cover it if needed
- make sure your bed is comfy (seems obvious but if you’re not comfy you won’t sleep well!)
- listen to your body with regards to caffeine. I can’t have caffeine after about 2pm if I want to sleep well. Be mindful of this and do what works for you
Want more info? Visit the Canadian Sleep Society website here for information on sleep disorders & sleep tips for every age.