You know that sleep is essential to reaching your fitness goals, but how can you get the sleep you need? To be successful you need to treat sleep the same way you treat diet and exercise: Prioritize it, plan for it, and, possibly, supplement for it.
When was the last time you made sleep a priority? We all have busy lives, and when you are trying to focus on work, relationships, exercise, a social life, family, and everything else the idea of making time for sleep can seem ludicrous. The fact is, proper sleep will help you in every aspect of your life. Make getting 6 to 9 hours sleep a priority and see how the other areas of your life improve.
Plan for Sleep
When was the last time you had a bedtime? Probably when you were a kid. Odds are, that was probably the last time you consistently got adequate sleep. Plan sleep the same way parenting experts advise: Set a bedtime, stop screen time before bed, and establish a bedtime routine.
Setting a bedtime is the same as prioritizing sleep: You need to give yourself the opportunity to get 6 to 9 hours of sleep a night.
Stopping screen time before bed is important because light, especially blue light given off by screens, stops your body’s natural melatonin production. Melatonin is essential for your sleep cycles. So instead of scrolling on your phone until you pass out, try putting the screen away half an hour before your bedtime.
A bedtime routine can be any set routine that helps you wind down and relax. You may enjoy a bath, yoga, or some meditation. Maybe you like warm milk or reading a book. This is personal to you. One hint though, avoid a bedtime cocktail. While alcohol will relax you it messes with the quality of your sleep if this isn't possible Stasis - Sleep Enhancer will help.
Supplement for Sleep
If prioritizing and planning for sleep isn’t getting you the results you need maybe you need a nutritional supplement. There are a number of biological processes involved in sleep and many of them can be disrupted by a micronutrient deficiency. You already know that supplements can make a difference in your workouts, why wouldn’t they also help with your sleep?