Thursday, March 05, 2009

3 Ways to Fall to Sleep Faster

As you may know that when you do strength training, you're in fact damaging your muscle fibers. It's through post-workout repairing process that you build your muscle.

You also should take proper nutrition and adequate rest for your body and mind to recover from heavy workout. Lack of recovery could sabotage your gains.

It's important to get enough sleep at night, at least 6 good hours or longer. In today's hectic world, we're often juggling with so many things. Lack of sleep or poor quality of sleep cut into our work, family and personal life.

Here are 3 ways to help you fall to sleep faster:

#1 Warm up your feet.
It's so true in cold winter nights. Keeping your feet warm at night helps you regulate body temperature. So put on socks or use heat pads to keep your feet warm.

#2 Eat a light, starchy dessert.
Starchy carb is probably off your limits after 8 p.m. if you're trying to lose weight. But having an empty stomach over 12 hours isn't good to your body either. That's why many people wake up at 3 a.m. feeling hungry and "savage" the fridge. So have a light starchy dessert such as dry cereal or lowfat cookies. It helps trigger sleep by boosting levels of brain chemicals serotonin and tryptophan, according to a research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

#3 Read a bedtime story.
It's particularly good for stressed or anxious people to read an engaging book or magazine article. It helps you ease into sleep.


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