Something that many fitness bloggers seem to overlook is sleep and fitness go hand in hand. The truth is that sleep is an important element of maintaining a healthy weight. When you don’t get enough sleep, you often feel stressed and end up gaining weight. But I know that many people have trouble getting the proper amount of sleep, which is why its important to create a bedtime that works for you and allows you to get enough rest.
Here are some tips to help you create your own bedtime routine:
Give yourself time to decompress form your day
With the pressures to excel in every area of life as moms, wives, workers and every other responsibility, the pressure can get overwhelming. So it is important for you to unwind from the day either by spending time with your family or catching up on your favorite show. Commit to taking the time to decompress from a hectic day.
Say no to the gadgets
In this day and age of technology, we are always trying to catch up with the latest Tweet or Instagram post and we spend so much valuable time on social media. But when it comes to creating a bedtime routine, you must set aside your phone and your laptop. Staring at your phone or laptop for only a few seconds can disrupt the melatonin rhythm which is very critical for you to fall asleep. So put your gadgets away well before bedtime.
Eat, drink and move more mindfully
I know how much you probably love coffee. Coffee is a stimulant but it is not bad as long as it is taken mindfully. When you are experiencing sleeping problems, it is best that you cut down on your caffeine intake. Secondly, you should avoid eating heavy meals for dinner and avoid going to bed overly full. Thirdly, avoid late night workouts and high intensity trainings in the night. Try yoga instead. Generally, you should be more aware of what you are eating, drinking and the activities you engage in.
Create the right environment for sleep
Make sure your room is sufficiently dark enough. Two, it should be quiet and lastly, it should be well ventilated to allow for good sleep. This requires time to study what works for in regards to light, temperature and noise.
Monitor your sleep and have a sleep schedule
It should be your aim to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. You can also keep a record of when you get to bed, how often you get up during the night and what time you get up in case you are having sleep problems.