We now have an idea of just how important sleep is for performance and recovery and hopefully since reading the last blog, you’ve bumped sleep up your list of priorities when it comes to your training schedule? This can be easier said than done though, so this time around we will have a look at how to clean up your sleeping environment and improve sleep hygiene, which should lead to better overall sleep quality. First of all, though, we will have a brief look at what can happen when we don’t get enough of the high-quality Z’s.
Just as good sleep quality and duration elicits a plethora of benefits, sleep deprivation and poor sleep quality can lead to some nasty effects on our health and performance. These include:
Considering that sleep is so incredibly restorative and essential for recovery, it is worrying to see how many people simply aren’t getting enough of the good stuff!
According to the American Sleep Association, over 35% of adults report that they sleep for less than the recommended 7-9 hours per night, in a typical 24 hour period.
Now that we know the importance and benefits of sleep, it’s time to think about how we can improve our sleep hygiene. Unfortunately, not everyone has the luxury of a professional sleep coach or personalized orthopaedic mattresses.
There are, however, free and simple steps that can be taken to optimize your sleep. These four easily-implemented changes to your routine will elicit significant changes in the quality of your shuteye.
Try and implement these simple steps into your bedtime routines, and you should soon see improvements in your sleep quality.
As we have discussed, there is extensive evidence relating to the negative effects that a lack of quality sleep can cause. Fortunately, the first steps in improving our sleep hygiene are relatively simple and easy to achieve – give them a try and see how amaZzzing your sleep becomes!
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