An Athlete's Diary
3 tips to help you sleep like a baby
You’ve had a long day at work, come home, do the nightly routine thing, and it’s time to decide what to do next. It’s 8:30 and you’ve finally got some time to yourself.
You decide to get a few things done for work the next day and at 9:00 you’re feeling tired. Your body is telling you it’s time to go to sleep for the night.
At this moment, you’ve got two choices. One, you can listen to your body and begin your pre bedtime routine. Two, you can push through the yawning, trying to keep your eyes open to finish that one last thing.
The problem with choosing option two is that once you get through that initial “sleep window”, it’s tough to wind down again.
*Parents know exactly what I’m talking about. You know that when your child signals you it’s time for bed (or even a nap), it’s time to drop everything to make it happen or you could be in for a long night.
You could become “overtired” and have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep if you push through that initial window.
Try these three strategies that can have you sleeping like a baby:
1. Reserve your bed for sleeping. Avoid screens or anything not related to sleep. Don’t “hang out” in there. If you create a relationship between bed and sleep, you’ll know that once you get in bed, it’s time to go to sleep.
2. Have a pre bedtime routine. One hour prior to bed, begin winding down and preparing for a good night rest.
3. Sleep in a dark room. I mean very dark. Studies have shown that even a little light can have a negative effect on the quality and quantity of our sleep.
These few tips have helped me and a number of my clients sleep like a baby and I know they can help you too.
Jon Howard – Husband and Father of 3 | Ultra Endurance Athlete | Owner – Training Edge Sports
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