Sleeping Fit Tips

One thing about having sleep apnea is that I am learning a great deal more about adjusting my sleep schedule and habits. Sleep is vital to our every day activities whether it’s working, parenting, writing, excercising or just living — we need to sleep. Sleeping improves our mental acuity, our learning and our memory. So what happens when you don’t get enough sleep or your sleep quality is poor: decreased mental acuity, decreased learning and decreased memory.

Doesn’t sound fun, eh?

So what is a person to do? What can you do, right now, today to get more sleep? To feel more alert? To maximize your benefits from your exercise routine? Here’s a few key tips provided to me by the sleep specialists at the center where I am getting assistance on my sleep apnea.

The Same Bed Time

It may sound boring, but there’s a reason why we put our kids to bed at the same time every night. Scheduling your sleep keeps your body clock in rhythm and helps you resist the urge to sleep through your alarm and also lets you get in a regular amount of sleep every night.

Skip the Late Night Snacks

Eating right before you go to bed can lead to heartburn that will wake you up and may even create muscle fatigue if you chow down on empty calories before sleeping and going still for hours.

Drink Water

Skip your other drinking choices and drink water instead. Water won’t keep you up, it will hydrate you and will help you sleep more comfortably.

Exercise Regularly

Sleeping well can help you maintain a regular exercise schedule and regular exercise can help you sleep well. If you exercise early in the day, you jumpstart your metabolism, waking you up and energizing you. If you exercise late in the day (not long before bed) it does the same thing and can actually disrupt your sleep schedule.

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.