Advantages with sleep

How did you sleep last night?

How did you sleep last night?

We have heard it many times, although it’s good to be reminded. The body rests and restores itself when sleeping. For example – stress levels are restored, the liver gets cleanes out the toxins and slag products from the blood, growth hormones are released, appetite hormones get levelled out and the immune system strengthened.

Sleep is an important part of the training puzzle too, and although some sleepless night may not create huge issues than couple of yawns during the next workout, longer sleep problems can affect both your temper, health and focus. 

Sugar and other stimuli are not contributing to good sleep, and if you are used to drinking sweet sports drinks or eating bars or gels you should really reconsiderhaving them three to four hours before you go to bed.

Instead, you should try to eat or/and drink something that would ensure good levels of the amino acid tryptophan, which is a starting point in the body’s production of serotonin and melatonin. Which in their turn are crucial for sleep and relaxation. If you regularly have trouble getting the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep or if you often wake up at night and have trouble falling asleep, consider eating something that has the above mentioned ingredients about 40 minutes before you go to bed

For example –Couple of oats crackers, some cottage cheese with mixed seeds, a small bowl of yoghurt with some honey or a soothing cup of hot chocolate with soy milk

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