As the summer winds down, you may be quite pleased with how your season has gone health-wise. You’ve more-or-less kept the resolutions you made about exercising and eating better, and you’ve gotten good use out of your Horsham, PA gym membership. However, there is one important factor you may be neglecting: Sleep!
A good night’s sleep is just as vital to your health, both mental and physical, as diet and exercise. A lack of shut-eye, in many ways, can be just as harmful as a lack of physical activity or even a lack of a well-balanced diet.
Being that Horsham Athletic Club promotes health in all areas, we want to share tips for improving your slumber. After all, the average person spends roughly ⅓ of their life sleeping, so it’s worth knowing how to make the most of your nighttime hours.
1. Find your schedule and stick to it
Your body’s internal clock is attuned to your regular bedtime and wake time, and like an actual clock, you can adjust it when you wish. By coming up with a strict schedule for when you go to bed and when you get up, your body will soon get into a routine, helping you fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more refreshed.
However, getting into bed at 10:00 PM on the dot will not be possible every night. Things happen, after all. If for any reason you get to bed late, still try to wake up at the same time, rather than sleep in later to compensate for the lost minutes. Ultimately, this will help you maintain your body’s sleep rhythm, ward off morning grogginess, and fall asleep on time the next night.
2. Snack on healthy carbs before bed
While having a full meal right before hitting the hay is usually not the best idea, having a snack can help you not just fall asleep faster, but also to stay asleep through the night. While researchers disagree on the reasons why, most agree that foods rich in carbohydrates such as bread or pasta can assist with inducing sound Zs.
3. Keep cool
When you sleep, your core body temperature decreases, which is why many of us wake up feeling colder than we did before falling asleep. Likewise, turning down the thermostat of your bedroom can help signal to your body that it’s time to drift into slumber, and much research has shown that the optimal temperature for a good night’s rest is a somewhat chilly 60-67° Fahrenheit.
Are you interested in learning more about attaining a healthy sleep schedule? If so, or if you’re looking for a gym membership in Will Grove, PA, give Horsham Athletic Club a call today at (215) 398-1343!