When we were kids we hated sleep. Now, sleep is a luxury.
A lot of top-level CrossFit athletes track their sleep. The elite seek to maximize their bodies’ performance, i.e. they must sleep to completely recover before their next arduous list of work.
However, that begs the question — should we be tracking our sleep?
The CrossFit Journal argues that because “exercise, nutrition, and sleep are three elements of fitness”, we should. However, for the average Jane & Joe, “tracking” sleep doesn’t have to be buying a $100 app — it could just be going to bed and waking up at the same time each day.
It’s been argued and well documented, almost widely assumed, that the sweet spot for adequate sleep is around 7-8 hours a night. Sleeping more or less than that has various effects on different types of people. Not all good, not all bad.
Healthy sleep habits include not eating 3 hours before bed (digestion can keep the body awake), putting away your electronics (seriously!), and maintaining a routine before bed. By making your body and mind relaxed, you’re setting yourself up for waking up satisfied the next morning.
You’re busy, we get it. You have work, a kid, maybe both, but taking care of yourself should be a priority. Drink your tea, go to bed early, and hit the hay.
Research from Martin Rawls-Meehan
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