|Tips for Anabolic Sleep
- Limit caffeine and alcohol. Avoid drinking caffeinated or alcoholic beverages for several hours before bedtime. Although alcohol may initially act as a sedative, it can interrupt normal sleep patterns.
- Don't smoke. Nicotine is a stimulant and can make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep.
- Don't exercise too late in the day. Exercise stimulates your body and may make falling asleep more difficult.
- Check your iron level. Iron deficiency can disrupt sleep patterns. Use a good quality mineral supplement containing Iron. Red meat is also a good source of iron.
- Make sure you have a good sized comfortable bed and good quality supportive pillows. Natural fibre sheets are also comfortable and help regulate your temperature.
- Make sure your bedroom is calm and comfortable. Good ventilation, a consistent temperature and a quite environment also help.
- If you get anxious about time, hide your alarm clock so you can't see it when lying in bed.
- Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday, even on the weekends. This helps your body expect sleep at the same time each day.
- Learn to relax before sleeping. Light yoga, herbal tea or reading your favourite bodybuilding mag can help.
- Nitetime Protein, because of its high natural levels of the amino acid Tryptophan and the herbs Chamomile and Skullcap, will also help your brain produce the sleep hormone Serotonin which helps signal sleep time to your body.
- Avoid sleeping medications and "over-the-counter" sleep aids. Many of these simply don't work.
- If you can't sleep, practice relaxation techniques such as clearing your mind, then focussing on relaxing your whole body, starting at your toes and working slowly up to your head.
- If you are having trouble sleeping, try changing your bed times and routines around to find a solution that works for you.