Posted 6 months ago
In this day and age, people are so busy with their lives they often forget how essential a good night’s sleep is for your health, both mental and physical. According to the statistics, adults in the UK are under-sleeping. People are out socialising till the early hours of the morning, working late at night in the office or even just sitting at home watching the latest series on Netflix. We all are as guilty as each other for not giving our body the rest it deserves.
Sleep is vitally important to optimise your long-term health and wellbeing, as is a proper exercise and nutrition routine. It is scientifically proven that sleep, exercise and diet go hand in hand: if you eat and train well, you will sleep better; if you sleep and eat well, you will be able to train better and harder; if you sleep and train well, you will be less likely to crave unhealthy snacks, preferring instead healthier and more nutritious food. I know I always get the best out of my training sessions when I am well-rested and have had a nutritious and delicious meal beforehand.
With the hectic, technology centred lifestyles that we lead, one thing I would recommend is turning off blue-light sources (e.g. phones, laptops, tablets, TV etc.) an hour or so before you go to sleep. The blue-light reduces melatonin production in the body, an essential hormone that tells your body when it is time to sleep or to wake up. Just turn off your phone, relax and try to get the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep. You will feel a lot better for it.