As the CrossFit Scottsdale’s Body Rx Challenge enters it’s first full week, the focus is on rest, recovery and rebuilding. Your body is adjusting to the high quality food and getting rid of the toxins that have built up. You are changing the way your body gets and processes fuel and during this change it will give you an advantage to focus on how much and what kind of sleep you are getting. Lack of sleep can lead to many health problems and when we are talking fat loss and incresed performance sleep is CRITICAL! The bottom line is sleep=results! Get some.
Your challenge for week 1 of the Body Rx Challenge is to get 8 hours of sleep each night.
Dr. Zuhl’s (aka Jaz) What to Avoid for Better Sleep:
Sleep is a period of rest for the brain and the body. It allows the brain and body to be restored and rejuvenated. Sleep is essential for energy, learning, memory, growth, preventing illness, and overall health and well-being. There are many things you can do to improve your sleep but here are a few:
Don’t take your worries and responsibilities to bed. If necessary, plan some time earlier in the evening for processing your thoughts or planning the next day’s activities. Taking 15-30 minutes to make a “worry list” after dinner may prove helpful in relieving some concerning thoughts during the night.
Don’t stay in bed if you feel frustrated about having difficulty falling asleep. Trying harder and harder to fall asleep often makes the problem worse. Instead, leave the bedroom and do something relaxing. Reading in dim light or listening to very quiet, non-verbal music can be calming.
Do not use the computer, do chores or watch engaging television programs; these activities may be too stimulating. Return to bed only when you feel very sleepy and rise at your usual wake time.
Only use your bed for the three “S” activities. Train yourself to use the bedroom only for sleeping, sickness and intimacy. This will help teach your brain to see the bedroom as the place for sleeping. Working, watching television, or eating in bed should be avoided as they may create unhelpful associations.
Sleep problems can lead to a lowered quality of life and reduced personal health. Certain sleep disorders may increase the risk of stroke, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and depression.