How to Get the Best Sleep of Your Life

How to Get the Best Sleep of Your Life

Do you get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night?

Do you get quality shuteye?

If the answer is no to either of those questions, read on.

It’s been said that the best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep. That’s because sleep plays a vital role in our well-being. Getting quality nighttime rest enhances your mental and physical health, overall safety, and quality of life.

Six Reasons Why We Need Better Sleep

1. Learning and memory. During sleep, your brain takes experiences from your day and commits them to long-term memory in a process called memory consolidation.

2. Metabolism and weight. Chronic sleep deprivation can cause weight gain by affecting the way our body stores carbohydrates and manages hormones.

3. Safety. A lack of sleep makes you drowsy during the day, impairing decision making on the job, while driving, and during other activities.

4. Mood. Sleep deprivation may cause irritability, impatience, moodiness and inability to concentrate, which may leave you too tired to do things you enjoy.

5. Cardiovascular Health. Studies link sleep disorders to hypertension, an increase in stress hormones, and an irregular heartbeat.

6. Disease. Sleep deprivation impairs immune function and increases the risk for a myriad of diseases.

Six Ways to Improve

Want to hack your sleep regimen? Try these ideas:

1. Stick to the same sleep schedule seven days a week.

2. A conducive sleep environment. Keep the bedroom cool, free from noise, and free from any light. Consider black-out curtains, eye masks, ear plugs, white noise machines, humidifiers, fans, and other devices.

3. Make sure you have a comfortable mattress and pillows. Quality mattresses last up to 10 years, but after that they need replacing. 

4. Manage your circadian rhythm by enjoying sunlight in the morning by avoiding bright lights in the evening. Consider blue light glasses after 7 PM if you use your phone, television, or a computer in the evening.

5. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, heavy meals, caffeine, and drinking lots of fluid near bedtime. These can all disrupt your sleep.

6. Wind down before bed. Read, stretch or meditate in the last half hour before bed. 

Other Great Tips

1. If you can’t fall asleep after laying in bed for a while, go to another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired again.

2. Only use your bed for sleep and sex, which strengthens the association between bed and sleep. Avoid using electronic devices in your bedroom.

3. Use a sleep diary to evaluate patterns or problems affecting your bedtime routine.

4. Avoid naps during the day and exercise daily to help burnoff excess energy.

If you still have trouble sleeping, don’t give up. Keep Going! And don’t hesitate to talk to a doctor or a sleep expert.


To Those Who Think They Can’t

To Those Who Think They Can’t

It’s been a long and challenging eight months, hasn’t it? The pandemic has been unpredictable, frustrating, and discouraging. And on top of everything going on in your world, sometimes it’s been too much.

And then the gym opened! You were feeling ready to get back in until you realized that all of a sudden it’s been eight months since you:

* Consistently used a barbell or practiced your pull ups.

* Ditto for being motivated to eat well and prioritize your sleep.

And you have long since realized that additional stress has crept its way into your daily vibe and you no longer feel quite like yourself.

If this sounds familiar, don’t worry, it does for me too.

And here we find ourselves in a tough position. The thing that helped you manage your stress, motivated you to eat well, and prioritize yourself more—the elements that brought you closer to feeling your best—now feels like it is receding, or is just too far away. It’s like you are starting all over again.

But here’s a secret: all that work you did way back when has, believe it or not, made you very well equipped to handle these challenges.

You know what it feels like to walk into the gym for the first time, not knowing if you are ready.

You know exactly what it feels like to have the people around you seem so much stronger and fitter than you are. And you know what it feels like to look in the mirror and believe you are far away from the person you want to be.


But you didn’t give into those fears. And that means you also know what it feels like to be welcomed by complete strangers who want nothing more than to share space with you and help you succeed.

 It means that you also know what it’s like to discover you are already infinitely stronger and fitter than you ever thought possible!  And you know the joy of finding out that the changes you committed to are finally starting to add up. You realize you are getting in the best shape of your life.

So I want to remind you that you have been here before. You’ve done this, and I promise you can do it again. And if it feels too big or that too much time has passed, just remember what brought you through the door the first time.

To those who think they can’t: you can. You’ve already proven it. Just Keep Going.

Why EAAs Are Essential For Your Workout

Why Fitness could Save our Souls

The Canadian fitness industry right now is like a ship bobbing along in the stormy North Atlantic.

It’s a modern vessel fueled up, well provisioned, and the will to navigate the choppy waters. The captains on the bridge are in lockstep with one thought: we are built for this.

So why is the coast guard ordering us back to port?