Happy Tuesday! It’s turned cold here in Dallas and I am so excited. However, it makes me want to not do any of my workouts or runs. I didn’t plan this, but it is somewhat perfect that I am talking about sleep when we are about to come up on Daylight Savings Time, Fall Back! Whoop! I hope you all enjoyed part 1 of the discussion, this part will hopefully come together a little better than my random thoughts last time 😊
So, first thing I should have done was to give you the true definition of Sleep. The Merriam-Webster definition is as follows: “the natural periodic suspension of consciousness during which the powers of the body are restored.” Main thing I want you to focus on is restored. Sleep is the body’s way of restoring all the stress and work it’s been put through from the day. That’s why sleep is so important – it’s the actual semi-reset button for you body.
Now, we discussed sleep and how screen time and brain activity can affect your sleep. This time, I’d like to discuss caffeine. I am extremely sensitive to caffeine and must basically stop drinking anything caffeinated around noon or 2pm at the latest. If not, I will not be able to go to sleep until after midnight. Which is somewhat funny because we use caffeine to wake up, but it can keep you up too long. And then you will need more caffeine in the morning since the caffeine you had the day before kept you up and affected your sleep. See the crazy cycle?
Did you know that a cold glass of water or an apple has shown to give you the same wake-up effect of coffee? Or a quick stretch in the morning? Not that I’m saying you need to stop coffee but think about if you actually need the 2 cups you drink (or more). Maybe there is another way to wake up that doesn’t affect your sleep later.
So we’ve talked about falling asleep or getting to sleep, but what about sleep quality? Exercise during the day can help you have deeper sleep. 30 minutes a day of exercise is recommended for sleep benefits and doesn’t have to be super intense or anything. A 30-minute walk can do the trick. Also, limit eating about an hour or two prior to going to bed. When you eat close to falling asleep, your body digests your food during the night rather than restoring like it should.
One thing I know some people do is take Melatonin. I honestly have no opinion on this because my personal melatonin usage has been sporadic and not very consistent with side effects. One product I have used in the past that is a powder form of Melatonin, is called Dream Water. It has a weird non-flavor flavor but will knock you out pretty quickly haha. I will link it below.
Anyway, this concludes my odd discussion on sleep. Sorry it seemed all over the place, I was writing these at night when I should have been getting ready for bed 😊
I have some good topics coming up (I promise, they will be better). But if there is anything you want to discuss or want me to talk about, comment below! Have a great week!