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Can’t Sleep? 5 Smart Ways To Catch Z’s Like A Boss

Little Known Tricks To Sleep Well – Tonight!

Sleep is a huge trend in wellness this year with the emergence of nesting, and the chic side to getting cozy. I can think of no better place to sip my morning coffee on a lazy Saturday than my bed.

But beyond the enjoyment are very real benefits of sleeping in and embracing your shut-eye.

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Sleep gives us necessary rest to balance physical and mental health. In the current age it’s hard to dissociate from the stressors of life and maintain balance. Giving yourself the platform to rest well at night will indeed improve your health, happiness and overall fitness. In this post, I’ll share how to set yourself up for a successful night’s sleep. 

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Sleeping Basics

1/ Stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, except on your days off. It is best to avoid taking naps later than 3pm so that you can still feel sleepy according to schedule. Tracking your sleep can be a great way to find a sleep schedule that works best for you.

2/ Exercise is great but not too late in the day. Although sometimes it’s unavoidable when the days are busy, but if you can, try to workout before dinner. Use the time after dinner to relax and unwind. Ideally, finish your workouts 5 or 6 hours before bedtime.

3/ Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and booze later in the day! This can be a tough one, but stimulating effects of these guys can take as long as 8 hours to fully wear off. A nightcap will likely help you get to sleep, but it will keep you only in the light stages. Deep slumber is essential to feeling refreshed and not restless. 

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Relax Before Bed

4/ Take time to unwind. A relaxing activity such as reading or listening to slow music should be part of your bedtime ritual. Taking a hot bath is awesome as well!

We all know that scrolling through our phone at night isn’t the best. That darn blue light can stimulate the mind rather than relax it. 

Yet, theres good news for iPhone users. If you must be on your phone for reasons (such as reading this exact blog post!) and you have an iPhone, you are in luck. iPhone has a mode called night shift that stops this blue light.

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5/ Get up and drink a glass of water. If you find yourself still awake after staying in bed for more than 20 minutes, get up and so some relaxing activity until you feel sleepy. The reality is, the anxiety of not being able to sleep can make it harder to fall asleep. For me, this is known as the never-ending quest to find the cold side of the pillow.

Life is not easy when you’re not getting sleep so be sure to take a moment to evaluate your bedtime routine. There is always room for improvement! What are your best sleep tips? Are you a good sleeper? 

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Cat Smiley

Cat Smiley

Fitness Director at Whistler Fitness Vacations
Cat Smiley is a certified Life Coach, Master Trainer, Wilderness Guide and Sports Nutritionist (author of The Planet Friendly Diet). She has been named 3-time Canadian Trainer of the Year by the International Sports Science Association and is a former professional athlete. Follow her on Linkedin or Facebook - and of course, sign up for a fitness program with us to work with her in Whistler!
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