As most of us know, sleep is vital to our everyday health and well-being.
When it comes to training for a marathon, fitness competition, or anything requiring a lot of movement, it is even more important.
I wanted to share 4 ways to improve your sleep health
- Stick to a consistent sleep schedule – If you constantly are changing the times you go to bed and wake up in the morning, this can throw off your circadian rhythm. In order to maintain the best sleep health, it is vital that you set your alarm for the same time every morning and try to sleep around the same time at night.
- Cut down the caffeine – this one might seem obvious, but it easier said than done. My rule of thumb is not to intake any caffeine after 3pm.
- Limit naps – try not to take daily naps. Taking naps might be required sometimes, but make sure to not go into a deep REM sleep. A trick for this is to hold something in your hand while napping. If your body starts to go into deep sleep you will naturally drop the item.
- Limit screen time before bed – using your phone or computer before bed can make us feel alert and awake. Try reading a book instead.