Dialing In: Sleep

Another thing that I’ve been “dialing In” is my sleep. It’s funny how the things we absolutely dread as a child are all that we want to do when we grow up. 

Several nights a week, my daughter acts as if  her home planet has just been obliterated by some super weapon when it’s bedtime. Yet Maegan and I can’t wait for her to fall asleep so that we can follow soon after. 

But despite our desire for sleep, it often gets pushed aside a bit when life gets hectic. Sure it’s great if we sleep more, and we should absolutely aim to get whatever amount of rest we have learned that our bodies need, but there are times in life that we just can’t pull that off. We have a new job or schedule, a new baby, too much on our mind… 

So, here are some tips I’ve learned to help maximize the sleep that I do get. 

  1. Make sure it’s DARK! This isn’t always possible because we need microwaves and smoke detectors, but get a comfortable sleep mask and your problem is solved! Studies have shown that even those small lights can negatively affect our sleep. 
  2. Turn down the AC. Most everybody I know acts as if they just woke up on Hoth when they come to my house. Its not our fault you don’t like quality sleep. It’s proven that people sleep better in cooler temperatures. 
  3. Limit electronics before bed. iPhones have “Night Shift” and computers have F.LUX to help with this interference, but the normal light from our devices mimics the sun, and that confuses our bodies when we are trying to get ready for bed. Either find something else to do for a few hours before bed or use one of the apps. 
  4. Get your caffeine in early. I’m definitely a “coffee before my workout” kind of person, but since my workouts are really late now,   I don’t have any caffeine past 3:30 or 4:00. That’s because I learened a shocking fact a few weeks ago; caffeine can take up to 8 hours to clear your system after consumption! That means those late doses of pre-workout evening caffeine can really harm the quality of your sleep. I would say that I’ve noticed a real difference since I made this change. I just have to listen to more intense music while I workout now. 

When you stack all these together, it can really improve your rest! I’d love to hear thoughts. 

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