As I sat down this afternoon to write a blog post about the importance of sleep, I thought to myself, “I feel like I’ve written about this before.”
After a quick google search of “sleep Cróga CrossFit” I found out that indeed, I have.
So, rather than reinvent the wheel, this week’s blog post is brought to you by Coach Dave of April 2015: Sleep, Rest & CrossFit Performance.
I do have a few additions for you though, because I’m not actually THAT lazy to just recycle a blog post.
- Your brain and body will work better if you sleep more! I promise you that by not staying up late to finish work, you will actually be more productive the next day, accomplishing more than you would have the night before. Put your head on the pillow and make up the “lost time” by working more efficiently the next day.
- One well rested training session with maximum effort is better for your body than 3 with horrible intensity, concentration, and effort. If you’re feeling run down, SLEEP. Don’t come to the gym and go through the motions, you’re not really getting more fit by just limping along.
- Driven Nutrition offers a product called R&R – Optimal Rest and Recovery. It is formulated to increase recovery, support the adrenal system, balance healthy cortisol levels and align your natural “hormonal clock” for an optimized metabolic rate. We have a bunch of members that take it and I swear by it. Not only do I sleep more soundly, but I wake up each morning much more refreshed and ready to attack the day (and you all know I wake up at 4 am multiple days a week).
- I’ve found that when I’m stressed out and can’t fall asleep because of it, putting in some earbuds and listening to a guided breathing meditation works almost every time. There’s a bunch of free ones on YouTube, or you can download the app Calm, it’s $10 a month for a ton of different recorded meditations and comes highly recommended by Coach Kelly.
- When I’ve got a busy day ahead and can’t get to sleep the night before because of all the things I need to remember, I just write them down. I use an app called Wunderlist to keep track of all the things I need to do. Every time I think of something I need to remember to do the next day, I just roll over, type it in my phone, and then forget about it. I do this until my mind is clear and I can fall asleep without worrying about forgetting something.
- Even a short nap does wonders. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve just felt run down, but I’ve got a ton to do and not enough time to do it. In this situation, I’ll figure out how to take a 10-15 minute nap, then grab a coffee right when I wake up, and crush everything on my list and the rest of my day.
Once again, you can find MORE of my thoughts on getting MORE sleep in my Sleep, Rest & CrossFit Performance blog.