Meditate, breathe, stretch
These activities are easy ways to get the body to switch from the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) to the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest). Increasing the amount of time the body spends in the PNS not only will aid in sleep, but will also boost recovery and increase performance. The body needs to switch off in order to begin recovery. It is easy to get into a flight or fight response system in our society. Stress, work/school performance demands, overtraining, and under sleeping all keep our bodies ready to fight. There needs to be a balance. Learning to meditate, practicing breathing exercises, and stretching are all ways to switch off. Here are some resources to help start your practices:
ROMWOD/Yin Yoga for stretching exercises
Headspace for Mindfulness/meditation exercises
There are many free resources available on the internet to help you get started. These programs are ones that I've used and have found beneficial to my health. Headspace has a free 10 day intro program that takes 10 minutes per day. Give it a whirl and let us know what you think!
Head on over to our shop for the last day of our Daylight Savings Time NightGainz sale and help your circadian rhythm adjust to the new schedule.