Week 2 – Sleep

The power of sleep cannot be understated. We all know how important a good night’s sleep can be, but more than a third of adults get fewer than 7 hours of sleep each night. Here is a very thorough article by Precision Nutrition about the importance of sleep and how to get more of it.

The Challenge

Commit to 1-2 of the below #sleepbetter tips to practice this week.

Sleep Tips

1. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NATURAL RHYTHMS – Sleep occurs in multiple stages, alternating between deeper and lighter sleep. If we wake up in our lighter sleep stages, we’ll feel reasonably good and snap into alertness quickly.⠀
🌞 2. WAKE UP TO LIGHT – Being slowly roused by gradually increasing light has been shown to raise cortisol in the morning (which is an important signal to your body to wake up), and to improve sleep quality. It can even decrease depressive symptoms in seasonal affective disorders.⠀
🤸🏻🏃🏼‍♂️3. GET MOVING RIGHT AWAY – When your alarm goes off, simply sit up and put your feet on the floor. There is something magical about movement that seems to speed up the waking process.⠀
🌞 4. EXPOSE YOURSELF TO MORE LIGHT – Exposure to bright natural light during your normal waking time will stop melatonin production and increase your wakefulness.⠀