Thoughts on Sleep and Breathing, Part 2

Yesterday we talked about improving our breathing habits, and worked on a couple of drills that promote more efficient breathing.  Hopefully you started using the drills and have seen some results.  If not, what are you waiting for? 

Today, we’re talking about sleep.  Most of us don’t get enough of it, and the quality sucks, too!  Getting a more restful sleep is as simple as following habitual behaviors.  Following a sleep ritual has worked for me.  For example, about an hour before I go to bed I write down everything I need to do the next day (another idea from Nate Green), I cut of my communication from the outside world and I read a novel.  Does your sleep ritual have to look like this? No.  But there is one big principle that encompasses all the behaviors that I just listed.  Relaxation!  It’s hard to relax if you have everything you need to do racing through your head, you are getting phone calls from your third cousin-twice removed on your Aunt Louise’s side and you are watching a TV show about some guy butchering 14 turkeys and having an inappropriate relationship with a donkey.  Sleep time is your time, be selfish about it and get the rest you need, because if you aren’t rested you can’t function the way that you should.

Tonight, examine your habits.  Are they working for you or are they not?  What can you do to make yourself ready to rest?  Is Todd going to ask me another question?  Nope, I’m done. 

Seriously, examine your sleep habits.  If you are working hard at the gym, trying to build a career and involved in a relationship that requires you to give something of yourself to someone else, you owe it to yourself and the people in your life to make sure that you are rested enough to be a participating member of the human race.

Get Stronger,

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Chris Merritt

Strength Coach/ B.S. Kinesiology, Pennsylvania State University/ FMS/ Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist/ Certified Kettlebell Instructor/ Owner of Beyond Strength Performance and Beyond Strength Performance NOVA

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