Can you remember the last time you had a good night's sleep without waking up and feeling rested come morning? Do you struggle to switch off at night and as a result of this find yourself going to sleep at an unreasonable hour. When this happens it can really mess you up come the morning because you end up with very little quality sleep. Why is it so important that your body gets enough I hear you ask? Well, this is why...
How Much Is Enough?
You'll hear some people say they get a few hours while others make it a priority they have 8, which is right ultimately depends on your body type and lifestyle. For me, I like to have the standard 8 hours and this is because my lifestyle is non-stop as I am always exercising, working or just simply being out and about. Studies will say that you need anywhere between 6-8 hours of sleep per night however what is classed as enough for others does vary a great deal.
Why Is Sleep So Important?
It's important because this is when the body has it's chance to recover properly from the day's events. From a health point of view this is a time where your body can relax properly and repair cells, tissue and muscles that need some very much tlc after a tough day. A good sleep can affect your mood the next day and obviously help put you in a good one the following day. If your goal is to lose weight or increase muscle size, getting the right amounts of sleep is important for you to see results. Always try to listen to your body and get enough for you!
Tips And Tricks
If you find it hard to switch off at night it might be because you need a helping hand ;) and yes I am talking about what you're thinking. As rude as it sounds, a little masturbation can help relax and relieve you of any stresses. All jokes aside, this is something that is recommended by doctors and other health professionals for those who struggle to get forty winks.
Another tip is to limit what you watch before going to sleep as this can cause havoc with trying to shut down. Try to stop looking at anything bright 30 minutes before bed such as your phone, computer and television. Instead read a book or listen to some soothing music that will help you relax and eventually switch off.
Finally, you could use certain supplements like ZMA that can help aid in a better night's sleep. Zinc and more importantly magnesium before bed can increase the release of a hormone called melatonin, which allows the body to drift off into a deeper sleep. These ingredients will help with recovery too as zinc works well with boosting the immune system and an increase in testosterone. Magnesium has a variety of functions including the repair of muscles and cells within the body.
The most important thing of all is to listen to your body and rest when you know you need it. The above tips will help should you need to use them and if all else fails, counting sheep is a last resort that will certainly have you nodding off! Goodnight ;)