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Many people don’t realize it but when it comes to your health and fitness, ensuring you get a good night of sleep is key. If you tend to struggle with sleep, you may find that it actually negatively impacts your workout program (specifically your performance) as well as your goals (i.e. you may overeat or eat poorly, thus affecting weight related goals).

To help you get a better night of sleep, we urge you to consider the following:

  • Establish a routine. Try to get into the habit of going to bed at a set time each night. Depending on when you need to get up each morning, consider when might be an ideal time to go to bed based on how many hours you need to get through the day.
  • Limit your caffeine and alcohol consumption in the afternoon and evening as they can negatively affect your quality of sleep.
  • Consider low-key activities before bed. Reading, for instance, is a great pre-bedtime activity as it helps your mind and body relax. Conversely, something like watching television or using your smartphone can actually negatively affect your sleep quality.
  • Make sure the temperature of your bedroom is nice and cool, especially as the weather warms up.
  • If possible, try to reduce the amount of light in your bedroom – the darker, the better.

Keep in mind that you shouldn’t expect a single night of good sleep to significantly impact your health and fitness; however, it’s a step in the right directions!

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