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Prioritizing Sleep


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Time for bed! You need your sleep. Training for a marathon, weightlifting in the gym, and even routine workouts can be demanding on the body. Your muscles need some shut-eye to repair. So be sure to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep on a regular basis. It can be difficult at first, especially if you're a natural night owl. You’ll make it through training/workouts injury-free and improve your progress. Get into the habit now, and ensure that your routines are as reliable as the alarm clock that goes off each morning.


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I am finding this to be one of the most difficult health-related tasks to accomplish. I have always been a bit of a night owl and I just like to have a certain amount of time after work to decompress and "live." As silly as it may sound, I was inspired by some of the bedtime routines my best friend has established with her one-year-old -- each night she gives him a bath, puts on comfy pajamas, and rubs his skin with a soothing lavender-scented lotion. Creating my own routine has helped me some. I try to make an effort to put away my phone at least 30 minutes before bed, drink hot tea, and make sure my pj's are comfy. On the nights I do that, I do sleep better.

Who else has certain things they do before bed to help them look forward to bedtime, fall asleep faster, and/or sleep better?


This is one of the most mislook parts when it comes to overall wellness. We tend to work for extended hours, we eat right and exercise however most of us lack the recommended sleeping hours that our body needs which leads to serious health problems that we are not aware of. Because we do not feel the effects of it on the present it does not mean that it is just alright to leave it as is it is the side effect will only show up on unexpected moments.


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I also have a routine before bedtime. It kind of sets my brain that it is time to relax and sleep soon. I shower every evening, then make sure meals/snacks are prepared for the next day, basically anything that would be on my mind that I need to do in the morning, I try to do the night before so I don't fret about it. Then I make a cup of herbal tea, and then sit in bed drinking tea and reading for about 30 minutes. There is a time variance depending on work/homework etc, but usually before 11pm is optimal for me personally.


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I don't know how people without a routine bedtime function some times! I love having a normal sleep schedule and I can always tell a difference in my mood and energy levels when I don't get enough quality sleep.


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I have most trouble sleeping or getting to sleep when my mind is overly stimulated, but my body isn't. I would recommend swimming in the early if you can/enjoy swimming because it will tire you out positively, thus making you WANT to go to bed at a certain time rather than keeping busy.