6 Steps To Your Best Night’s Sleep
When you’re running around from sun up to sun down, there’s one thing that you’re looking’ forward to — your bed! Finally getting to hit the sheets after an exhausting day of work, errands, + completing your #CHAARGBOOTYCAMP sweatsesh is like no other feeling. Once the moment finally arrives + it’s time to plug in your phone, turn off the light + let your head sink into the pillow — you toss, turn, + can’t fall asleep for what seems like eternity. UGH!We’ve all been there + it’s probably one of the worst//most frustrating feelings ever. You’re exhausted + now that the day is over, you have thoughts racing through your mind + you’re wide awake. Once you finally fall asleep, the 8 hours of shut eye you planned on end up closer to 5 + you’re groggy + irritable the next day. #NOMORE.Because CHAARG girls are super busy [even in the summer!], it is absolutely crucial to get a good night’s rest to feel + perform our best every day. Getting your 8 hours is easier said than done, so here are some things to help you get your best night’s sleep — every night!
#1] SET A REGULAR *BED TIME*
Ok– so we know you won’t be getting to sleep at the same time every night, but it’s a great goal to keep in mind + it will help your quality of sleep immensely. As humans, we are creatures of habit, + we feel most comfortable sticking with a routine. While routines can undoubtedly be boring in certain areas of life, a bed routine is not. Late nights are obviously going to happen [especially during the summer!], but try getting to sleep at the same time [give or take 15-30 min], 4-5 days a week.
#2] SET A REGULAR *WAKE UP TIME*
Again, we are creatures of habit. Waking up at the same time every day will become easier + you eventually may not need an alarm to do so! Try only sleeping in past your normal wake up time once a week. It may seem impossible at first, but it becomes easier than you’d think! Who knows, maybe you’ll even become a morning person.
#3] LOCK DOWN A NIGHTTIME ROUTINE
Think about it — you probably do the same thing when you wake up every morning: go to the bathroom, wash your face, make your bed, etc. Why not create a nightly routine as well? take care of the necessary things, but try to add in something soothing to really relax yourself at night. Whether it’s reading a book off your summer reading list, doing some stretches//yoga, or even meditation, try some things out + do what feels best for you.
#4] SOAK IN SOME NATURAL LIGHT
When we’re away from sunlight too long, our brain becomes sleepy + that’s when the groggy feeling kicks in. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be outside all day. Simply drawing back the curtains in your house, stepping outside for 5 minutes or so every hour, + sitting by a window at your 9 to 5 will give your body the proper sunshine it needs to keep you awake + alert throughout the day. Feeling energized during the day will make it easier to fall asleep at night.
#5] PRACTICE RELAXATION TECHNIQUES
Relaxation techniques will not only get your body ready for rest, but your mind as well. Think of this time as similar to the end of a yoga class — when you take savasana [the best yoga pose out there!] Taking slow, deep breaths, tensing up your muscles + slowly releasing the tension, + truly let your thoughts go. This isn’t the simplest feat, but practicing relaxation tactics will become easier.
#6] STAY ACTIVE + EAT WELL
You knew this was coming ; ) — gettin’ in your daily #sweatsesh + eating whole foods [or any of the recipes from the CHAARG blog ; )] are two of the best ways to ensure your body feels energized throughout the day + is ready to #reCHAARG at night. This shouldn’t be too hard since CHAARG girls love to #sweat + we’ve got some help from #CHAARGBOOTYCAMP. Sticking to a regular workout routine + fueling your body with healthy food may not always be easy, but getting better sleep is worth the effort!
Try switching up your current sleeping routine, or lack thereof, to start feeling more well-rested during the day + sleeping soundly through the night. Want to take it a step further + track your sleep to see how you’re doin’? Many of our fav fitness trackers have this capability : )
Now get some shut eye, bolt babes!
+xo Natalie [@natalie_inchaarg], VirtCHAARG girl from Grand Rapids
PHOTOGRAPHY// KAITLYN [@kaitb_inchaarg]