why sleep is important

Believe it or not, sleep is an important part of any training regimen.

Don’t believe us? Many professional athletes – such as LeBron James and Roger Federer – admit to getting 12 hours of rest or more every night.

Benefits of Sleep

Sleep is good for the mind and body, even if you aren’t an elite athlete. Here are just some of the benefits that we can all gain by sleeping more, according to Health.com:

• Improved memory and mental alertness
• Faster muscle recovery and reduced inflammation
• Improved speed, strength, and endurance
• Aids in fat loss
• Reduced stress

Tips for Better Sleep

For some of us, getting a solid eight hours of rest every night is easier said than done. If you have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, these five tips can help:

• Save your bed for sleep. If you do things such as work, watch TV, or eat in your bed, your brain begins to associate the bed with these activities, making it harder to fall asleep.
• Limit all artificial light in the bedroom including TVs, cell phones, and even alarm clocks. Dim lights 2-3 hours before bedtime.
• Avoid caffeine after noon. Even small amounts hidden in foods such as chocolate can make it hard to fall asleep.
• Use a fan or white noise machine to drown out noise from traffic, pipes, or pets.

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