We all know that sleep is important, yet is it one of the most neglected things we do. We force ourselves to stay up late and watch Netflix or choose to hit snooze three or four times on a Sunday morning. However that extra episode of Ozark or extra 8-24 minutes of sleep can be doing more harm than good.
Sleep is important for many reasons it is a time to rebuild, recover, replenish, and more. During sleep your body will help you form new memories, store newly required skills, and rebuild and repair damaged cells and muscles from a day of training.
While these are just some of the things that sleep does for us it is important to start developing consistent sleep patterns and bedtime rituals. Having consistent sleep will help you recover faster, lose weight, build muscle, and perform better in school or at work.
Here are three things you can start doing today to set you up for a good night’s sleep:
- Make the room as dark as possible: Your room needs to DARK! Ideally you should not be able to see your hand stretched out in front of you. Our bodies are tuned into light and any light can mess up your sleep patterns.
- Turn off the screens: Turn off all screens at least an hour before bed. Limit screen time before bed that means TV, computer, tablets, and phones.
- Sleep in a cold room: Make your bedroom as cold as possible. Ideally under 68 degrees. Sleeping in a cold room will help fall asleep and stay asleep.
Start tonight. Start with one of these tips or all three. Take note of how you feel and the quality of your sleep!