Getting Enough Zzzzzz’s

I’m writing this post to myself just as much as everyone else out there.  I am definitely guilty of not getting as much sleep as I should.  But it’s incredibly important to get your sleep because your body needs rest!  Especially if you’re doing an intense workout program like P90X, Insanity, Turbo fire, ChaLEAN Extreme, etc.  During sleep is when your body repairs muscle tissue, which you need after breaking your muscle down during intense workouts.  So if you want to see great results from your workout program, you need to get enough sleep!  Most people will need from 7-9 hours of sleep a night.

If you’re not sure if you’re getting enough sleep, you should ask yourself questions like:

Do you struggle to get up with your alarm clock in the morning?

Do you find yourself yawning often throughout the day?

Do you lack energy in the afternoon or when driving?

These could all be signs that you don’t get enough sleep.  If you do find that you’re not getting enough sleep, like myself at times, there are a few things you can do to improve your sleep.

One thing that has helped me greatly in the past is going to bed and waking up at the same time every day.  I usually get up at the same time every day (around 5 AM), but it’s getting to bed at the same time which can be tough.  But if you get yourself on a regular schedule then you’ll even find that you’re waking up without an alarm clock because your body is used to your routine.

Other things that will help give you good sleep is consistently working out (which I hope you’re all doing already!), have a relaxing evening routine, and not napping too frequently.  I actually used to be a habitual napper.  I would nap so much that most of my friends kind of teased me about it.  Now I would say I get a nap maybe twice a month, which is a huge change!  I have found that through working out, greatly improving my diet, and being consistent with my bed time/waking time that I really don’t need those naps!  I think a few people would be pretty surprised about that.

So if you’re working out hard but feel tired throughout the day or maybe are sticking with your workout and nutrition programs and aren’t seeing the results you want, then analyze how you’re sleeping because it could be negatively affecting your results!

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