We talk about nutrition, exercise, mobility, and hydration pretty often. What we don’t talk about as often (but should) is the importance of creating a healthy nighttime routine to set yourself up for some dreamy sleep. I’m excited to share with you how to build a healthy nighttime routine, and offer information on the strategies that have helped me so far.
Sleep is necessary for all of us, but especially for those of you diving into a new regimen of fitness, that are high-performance athletes, or that work long shifts. It’s so important to allow your bodies to recover and muscles to relax.
I am no stranger to 24-hour shifts, night shifts, and shift work in general. In fact, being the owner/operator of LivingWells has brought on an era that is the first time in my adult life that I don’t work large amounts of regular shift work ( 12+ hours at a time, anywhere between 40-60 hours per week used to be my norm, not counting school and other side gigs). It’s glorious, in case you were wondering, but apparently not without its unique stressors. My point is that I expect you to read this and adapt it to your needs in life, regardless of the shift or home situation. Setting healthy nighttime (or before bed) routines can not only impact your daily life in a positive way it can influence those around you.
Common stimulants that can keep us awake if we partake later in the day are:
Yes, I just said late night workouts. By late night I mean whatever time it is before you’re heading for bed. If at all possible, get some rest and set your alarm 30 minutes earlier for a workout when you wake up. It will leave you energized for the day ahead, and leave you feeling accomplished before you even get to work. If you’re going to exercise at night, make it something low impact such as yoga or pilates; you could even build a nightly routine of mobility and stretching.
I hope that some of these are helpful, and I look forward to hearing feedback about how you’re planning to build a healthy nighttime routine! Leave me a comment below 🙂
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