This is where the parallel with food and water continues. I think we can all agree that the better the quality of food (nutrients) and water we get, the healthier we’ll be. The same very much applies for sleep.
Just like eating nutrient poor food and drinking dirty water are far from ideal for one’s health and body, crappy sleep is a huge detriment to us. We see mental and physical effects a consistent cost; alertness dropping, stress (and its hormonal effects) increasing, hunger changes as insulin regulation is affected also.
In short – with poor sleep patterns we’ll struggle to get or remain lean and muscular.
Everyone is different, however, aiming for a minimum of 7 hours a night, some people up to 8 on average. As a guide, be in bed before 10:30 and asleep by 11. If you wake feeling fresh – perfect, you’re doing well. If you’re constantly tired, start looking at these numbers and don’t compromise!
We live in a busy world that is constantly grabbing our attention. Whether it be work, family, technology or our own minds we are relentlessly bombarded by stressor after stressor and one demand for our attention after another. This begins to impact on us, our minds and eventually our hormones, with cortisol increase a direct response to increased stress. This will heavily affect your ability to fall off to a good deep asleep.
You have to wind your mind down to promote your parasympathetic nervous system in order for ‘rest and digest’ mode to kick in.
Here are some great tactics to switch off:
No work or watching electronics at least 30 minutes prior to bed, dim the lights in the hour before bed, remove electronics from the bedroom, spend 10 minutes doing a brain dump, read something mindless, meditate, level your breathing and heart rate by taking 10-20 big long full inhale/exhale breaths when you get into bed.
Not only is regular sun exposure crucial for adequate vitamin D, something many people are deficient in, but it will help your melatonin production, which is your natural sleep hormone.
These individual or combined substances are crucial for repair and healing, whilst aiding in dropping off to a deep restful sleep where this healing can take place. Deficiencies are common in many guys that workout.
Good quality carb options – like root vegetables – with your last meal will help to boost melatonin production making you get to sleep quicker and have a deeper sleep. They will also provide you with great energy for the morning especially if you train then.
If you normally floss and brush your teeth before going to bed, or perhaps put the rubbish out, do it well before bed time so when sleep approaches you’re not having counter-productively do your chores.
Implementing these with relentless consistency starting today!
Not only is waking up fresh and smashing a day without tiredness just plain awesome feeling, but strong sleep hygiene is crucial to getting a lean and ripped body.
Focusing purely on helping men become their own perfect mix of 007, Nelson Mandela & Batman, Mike now calls himself a Man Coach, while also proclaiming to be a well balanced geek-meathead hybrid.
Mike is incredibly passionate about helping guys become the best man they can be. He is the mastermind and creator of the ‘Unleash Your Alpha Coaching Program’– a proven system for helping men unleash the power and awesomeness that lies within them, not just physically, but in all areas of life.
Plus he loves to cook, eat and talk to his food. He loves stone fruit, cold beer, red wine and to think of himself as a low level Batman. And he likes to lift heavy things, eat meat and write short bios.
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