I love sleep. Seriously, we go way back. One of the most stressful things I deal with is not getting enough sleep. You know, when you went to bed early, and lie awake for 5 hours mind going a mile a minute and not resting.
I kind of wish my legs could run like my mind, but I’ll have to wait for science to figure out how to do that.
This type of stress is not only bad for recovery, but sleep is crucial to get the most from your training. Sleeping is when the work actually gets done. The muscles build, the mind and body work behind the scenes to make you a better athlete.
That said, take a nap or two people, you’re not lazy! You’re training!
I wanted to share some sleep tips for athletes that was created by Casper, the sleep start up company. I have heard them mentioned on the Rich Roll podcast and if Mr. Roll himself is a fan, I respect him enough to check them out and encourage you to as well. Their ‘Sleep Like A Champion’ guide includes great information, so I thought I’d share it with you and include some of my own tips for getting a good night’s sleep.
Casper asked me what I do to ensure I recover like an athlete. I was not paid to write this post, but thankful for the infographic they had provided. If interested in more information about Casper and their mattresses, visit their site. Now, the following list is what I do to help me perform my best not only on my runs, but also at my busy job:
1.) Go to bed early, even if I don’t fall asleep right away
I have found that there is something relaxing just laying in the dark, on my bed, warm in silence. Sometimes is does take me a while to fall asleep, but just being in a horizontal position in THE DARK is helpful to get your body to rest.
2.) Work on my hip mobility
After every run, I do drills. This takes little time and I would gladly sacrifice extra time scrolling through social media or my email over breakfast than skipping these.
3.) Cross-train (instead of running more)
I am not at the point where I can run too high mileage. I’m still relatively young in the sport. However, I do think that double sessions a few times a week are beneficial. Biking, strength work or mobility drills are some things I do instead of extra miles that keep me happy and healthy
4.) Do something for pleasure
For me, that’s reading a book. I love my fiction novels or a good endurance book (a story, not a “how-to” guide, or biography). I honestly look forward to sitting in my chair and reading before dinner. At other points in my life, it’s been watching Scandal, tanning outside or talking on the phone. Do something everyday that gives you pure joy. Running does that for me as well, but since I am training, I do not include that because it is a stress on the body. Just have something else in your life that makes you smile.
For more information about Casper and their mattresses, visit Casper.com