The importance of proper sleep and how it effects your training daily
We all know that sleeping is important. It is a vital part of our survival. So why do so many of us neglect a quality nights sleep? As coaches we hear it all the time. “I feel horrible today. I have no energy. Everything hurts and feels heavy.” We usually pull the athlete aside and the first couple of questions we ask go like this, “Did you eat?” “How did you sleep last night?” and 9 times out of 10 the answer is “I slept horrible.”
Getting little or poor sleep can contribute to a higher body composition and can put up a nasty fight with you when trying to lose weight. There is a direct correlation between sleep quantity and quality and weight loss. When a person is tired and exhausted, their hormones go crazy and get out of balance. A small hormonal shift in your body can have a significant impact on your ability to not only lose weight but to also hinder putting on muscle!
We are fully aware of how busy each and every one of us can be, so here are a few tips to help get the biggest bang for your buck when going to bed!
Tip #1- Commit to getting a certain amount of sleep nightly. Try to stay on a sleep schedule on the weekends as well. You can’t make up your partying ways from the weekend by sleeping in one day. It just doesn’t work like that.
Tip #2- Get rid of all light in your room. Cover up the blinking lights. Get black out curtains. Read before bed instead of watching TV or sitting in front of the computer.
Tip #3- Take some magnesium. The natural calm. People take magnesium supplements before bed because it calms you and turns the brain “off.” Most people lack magnesium, so starting this supplementation can greatly improve your sleep quantity and quality.
There are so many ways to help aid in a good night’s sleep but these are some simple solutions that you can control today. If you are looking to lose weight, then prioritize your sleep. Don’t stay up late to watch your favorite TV show. There is another time for that. You will be shocked by how much more energy you’ll have!