Sleep Better to Perform Better
As someone who pushes herself hard at the gym, you know how important it is to help your muscles recover afterwards. But you might not know that the best way to do that is to get a great night of sleep. That’s because while you’re dreaming away, your body is cranking out muscle-repairing growth hormone (in fact, it releases more than 50 percent of its growth hormones while you sleep).
If hectic schedules and stress makes it feel impossible to get a solid seven to nine hours of slumber a night, there’s some good news: It doesn’t take a complete lifestyle overhaul to become a star sleeper. Little tweaks to your habits can instantly boost the quality of your shut-eye – helping you recover from today’s tabata workout while giving you the energy to go out and kill it in tomorrow’s boot camp. Below are six tips from the experts at EXOS that will have you sleeping soundly all night long.
1. Step away from the Screens
You might have a vague idea that it’s bad to look at electronics like your phone or tablet right before bed, but do you know why? It turns out back-lit screens emit blue-wave lights that disrupt your sleep patterns. It can be hard to force yourself to not check Facebook and Twitter one last time before closing your eyes, so try stashing your phone outside of your bedroom at night.