We all need to sleep but for many it can be a problem. A good nights sleep can help you at work but especially after strength training, conditioning at the gym or at home. Proper nutrition among other good habits will help you sleep. As you know the body will cry out for rest such as you seem to be in a fog, your neck aches and your tired. Putting sleep on the back burner can cause many negative results.
No matter what it takes you need a good nights sleep. Lack of sleep taxes the body in many ways, energy has to be constantly redistributed to keep the body awake at some point you run out of energy and this can be inadequate, Research has shown that a lack of sleep can have many different results on your body. It can cause slower reaction time and motor function. It can cause increase stress and the ability to handle stress. It can cause, over a period of time, a risk of illness and disease.
You will have reduced your glucose metabolism. If you work out and exercise on a regular basis lack of sleep can lead to injury and weight gain. You will notice reduced improvements in work outs and sore muscles, your muscles need to rest and rebuild.
If you have trouble getting a good nights sleep here are a few habits to try to get into before you go to bed. You need to go to bed at a consistent time each night this is important for your body to get into a sleep cycle. You sleep area needs to be cool and dark. Cooler temperatures are better for sleep and a small fan running will drown out other noises. Establish a routine thirty minutes or so before you try to sleep like soft music or reading this will tell your body it is getting time to sleep.
Make sure to stop liquids an hour before you sleep and go to the bath room just before you start your sleep routine. Avoid caffeine and alcohol after three pm. Alcohol can prevent rem sleep and fragment sleep and cause you to wake up and go to the bath room. Do not watch tv or work in bed your body will not rest especially if you have sleep problems.
Avoid taking naps this is a big problem and can rob you of sleep at night. Don’t look at the time or your phone this is a bad habit when your trying to sleep. A good nights sleep will bring better performance in all your activities.