SLEEP. We all love it, but most of us don't get enough of it. I will admit, sleep is one thing I sacrifice if I need to fit something in. I know we all have the same hours in a day as Beyonce, but lets be real - sometimes there's just not enough time.
After starting grad school at Ohio University just a few short weeks ago, I have realized just how important a good night's sleep is. When days are packed with so many activities, its important to feel rested to avoid crashing later in the day. Getting enough sleep is linked to weight loss, recovery, immune system efficiency, and increased energy levels. Aiming for 7-8 hours is ideal, but nowadays there are so many distractions that could limit that.
Here are some of my go-to tips for getting a good night's sleep ...
• Good pillows - don't cheap out on pillows, find a level of firmness that's ideal for you
• Ditch the screens - settling your mind before bed does not mean scrolling instagram (we're all guilty of it)
• Peppermint essential oil - ever heard of a nebulizer? It's an air purifier that helps circulate essential oils throughout your room - the peppermint has done wonders for calming me before bed (check out Saje)
• Bedtime snack - cherries (natural sources of melatonin), magnesium (avocado, leafy greens), and turkey (tryptophan)
• Alarm song - make sure the first thing you hear in the AM is something that makes you want to get out of bed. My choice? Viva la Vida by Coldplay
I know sometimes life gets in the way and we can't always get a full 8-hours, but getting proper recovery via sleep is essential to keeping yourself healthy, productive and energized. If you're in a heavy training phase, your sleep is when your body has time to fully rest and repair.
Sleep well tonight homies!