My best friends and I were chatting on Monday night (Hi Rachie! Hi Sarah!) and were talking about our accountability pact over our personal health goals. When we got to me, I told them that I really believe my progress plateaued because of sleep. I told them that I read somewhere that even though you’re working out and eating right, lack of sleep can slow down or even stop your progress.
Sarah agreed and said that it wasn’t just about the amount of sleep we get, but the quality of sleep we get. So today, I wanted to talk about how to increase your quality of sleep!
Before you hit the hay…
Stretch / foam roll
If you didn’t work out for the day, at the very least, stretch or foam roll to relax your muscles before bed. A few weeks ago, I had an incredibly hard time sleeping because my hip was throbbing so much that I got out of bed to stretch it out. I thought I could sleep the pain away. However, it was too intense that I had to get up and stretch.
Take your vitamins
I’m a huge advocate of taking vitamins in the AM and the PM. I find that if I don’t take my vitamins before I go to sleep, I have a harder time waking up. Your body needs rest and while you’re sleeping, every inch of your body is repairing itself including your cells. So it makes sense to take vitamins before you go to bed. Please feel free to message me if you want to know what vitamins I take. I’ll write a post soon as what to look for when shopping for vitamins!
Jot down your thoughts and to-do’s
Have you ever thought about everything while you’re in bed, so much that it keeps you awake? To get a better night’s sleep, jot down what’s on your mind and the things you have to do the next day. That way, you clear your mind, can be at ease and sleep soundly. I write down things like a grocery list that’s been on my mind, blog post ideas I want to write and errands I need to run in my notes on my phone before I go to bed. Also, I spend some time in my devotional/Bible and pray before I tap out for the night.
I hope today’s post will help you if you’re looking to get a good night’s rest. I didn’t write down the obvious like put your phone away, read, keep your room dark/cold and turn your TV off because I felt like it’s been said already. So I wanted to share what I do, but want to get better at personally.
Sidenote, I’m going to track my sleep using the SleepCycle app (been using it for years and love it!) this week as I have my accountability call at the end of the week with my girls so I’ll write a follow up post about it and show you my progress!
If you’re new here, feel free to check out my past posts on health and wellness! I hope you’ll find something that will help you!
What’s your bedtime routine?
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