It should be no secret that in order to improve, reach our goals and get in shape for our upcoming races, we must optimize our recovery.
Recovery can take many forms (running slow, through proper nutrition, stretching, etc), but the best way to recover is by getting enough sleep.
Unfortunately, with our busy lives, many people, especially adult athletes, can easily be sleep deprived.
The following article someone whom I follow, Alex Hutchinson, reveals 5 strategies to help you sleep & ultimately recover better. One of the biggest takeaways for me was “Don%u2019t Look for Nonexistent Problems.” Even though I may be in bed for 7 hours, I often struggle to sleep soundly or I need to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. I recently discussed my sleep concerns with my Dr at my annual check-up (something I recommend for any 50 year old). He thinks my sleep issues are normal and the article seems to reinforce the same. I’ll take the sleep questionnaire that’s linked in the article just to be sure, but I’m likely on the right path (7 hours/night).
For additional strategies, see the article: sleep for athletes