Sleep is a critical part of losing weight and maintaining it. It's especially important to runners because of the demands that we put on our bodies. When you're tired, you're more likely to get stressed and give into temptation to eat unhealthy foods. You also may not have the energy to exercise and prepare healthy meals.
What to Do:
Try these tips to improve your sleep habits:
Aim for 7-8 quality hours of sleep a night -- the right amount for most adults. If that is very far off from your current amount of sleep, try to increase your sleep time in small increments. Try to get 20 minutes more a night one week, and then keep adding ten more minutes each week until you reach the recommended amount.
Establish a relaxing bedtime routine, such as taking a warm bath and then reading a book or listening to soothing music.
Try not to run too close to bedtime. Although regular exercise does help you sleep better, it's ideal to complete your workout at least a few hours before bedtime.
You shouldn't go to bed hungry, but try to avoid heavy meals before bedtime. A full belly can keep you awake. Finish eating 2-3 hours before you hit the hay.
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