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September 22, 2014
We get it - your schedule's packed, there's endless things to get done and so little time for it all. We're all doing our best to do what needs to be done while trying to stay sane and to take care of ourselves. We hope that our easy tips for a night of quality rest can help both you and your dedicated athlete recover after every productive, hectic day. Sweet dreams!
1. Set the mood. If you're not mentally prepared for bed, you'll be tossing and turning with endless thoughts when you could be sound asleep. First thing's first: get into your pajamas. Then, turn off any harsh lighting and try to turn on something subtle, like a closet light with the door slightly ajar. You can also light a candle to add both a little light and some soothing scent.
2. Cleanse yourself. Do your usual bedtime routine - scrub your face, brush your teeth, floss, etc. A long day of exposure to the elements of outdoors and indoors naturally makes you grimy, and you don't want that to soak into your pillows and form bacteria. When you focus on the details, even the most mundane activities can make a huge impact.
3. Hydrate. It might be the end of the day, but your body can always use a bit of extra hydration to make your following morning go smoothly. A glass of water is always good, but you can also go for a cup of tea with honey or any other light drink you think would help you ease into a quality night of rest.
4. Stretch. So simple, right? But how often do you actually do it? Before bed, 5 minutes of these can get out stress and tension stored in your body. Put on some soft relaxing music - maybe a bit of The Fray or classical compositions by Dustin O'Halloran - and take your time with a few basic moves. Twisting your upper body to relieve your spine, neck rolls, rotating your hips, reaching over your head to stretch your obliques - there are plenty to choose from. Focus on your breathing to calm your thoughts as well.
5. Be positive. Think of what you accomplished that day and make a note of what you want to accomplish the following day. It's a great way to remind yourself what's important to you and to keep at it on a day-to-day basis. Every day has its obstacles and it's a lot easier to remember the bad things than the good, but as Alice Morse Earle said, "Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day." Hold on to the good and make each day better than the last. Being kind to yourself is the best thing you can do for your attitude, especially right before bed.
And that's it! Just don't forget to blow out your candle if you lit one!
Did our tips help? What are your tips? Let us know below!
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