If you feel wide awake when your head hits the pillow at night, you’re not alone. Approximately 60 million Americans report having experienced insomnia in any given year, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Even worse, 40 million Americans suffer from long-term sleep disorders.
You wake up at 6:30 a.m., get a workout in, get ready for work, grab a shake, and start on your tedious morning commute.
Your day is made up of long meetings and a half-hour lunch break. By the time you get home, all you want to do is shower and go to bed because you know you have to do it again tomorrow.
After a few days, this schedule will catch up to you, resulting in a weakened attention span at work because you can only think of all the sleep you’re not getting.
Want to get fitter in the gym? Maybe you need to think outside the gym, literally.
Cleaning up your sleep habits means you’ll hit your muscle and performance goals faster and easier, says Lisa MacDonald, a personal trainer who runs the women’s program at Gym Jones in Salt Lake City. She trains an eclectic group of women—stay-at-home moms to competitive athletes—and once they establish a sleep routine, results follow. That’s because adequate sleep triggers testosterone, which builds muscle, while not sleeping enough can spur a release in cortisol, the hormone that breaks down muscle, says Christopher Winter, M.D. who studies the link between fitness and sleep. Here are a few tips for keeping yourself fitter and far from fatigue.
It’s always a tiring day at the end of each day for most of us. We went to work. We made time for workout. We did our chores. We were mindful of our eating. And now we need to have a restful sleep. Sleep is important as it is that time when our body does its job to repair damaged cells and tissues in our body. People who constantly lack a good night’s rest are prone to having heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, stroke and diabetes. You wouldn’t want to be one of those people now, would you? So here are 10 techniques to have the best sleep every time.
You most probably know that workout routines like HIIT are short because they’re tough, right? But you can quickly undo all your (very) hard work if you don’t hyper-prioritize other healthy daily habits. Yep, it’s not all about the workout. There are other elements at play as well. So make sure to stick to these top three: