One of my favourite features of my Fitbit is its sleep tracker. Sleep is incredibly important for both general health and athletic performance. Lack of sleep has been linked as a risk factor to weight gain, high blood pressure and diabetes and making sure you get enough sleep can improve your immune function and athletic performance.
By tracking my sleep I realised that I was basically never getting enough. Going to bed at midnight and getting up at 7 every morning meant I was tracking less than 7 hours sleep, and I could also see when I wasn’t getting good enough quality sleep. Going to bed earlier and making some changes has meant that I now get around 8 hours a night and they are much better quality. I have noticed a change in my energy levels, and I’ve also lost a stone and a half in the last 6 months, though I can’t attribute that solely to sleep, more sleep has definitely been part of my healthier plan!
So today I thought I would share a few tips for getting more sleep, and better quality sleep that I’ve used.
It’s easy to think of sleep as something of a luxury, especially when we’re busy and trying to find time for work, social activities, gym visits and training sessions, but you could find that going to bed an hour earlier each night will improve your performance at work, and at the gym.