👋 Hey there pack members!
It’s another exciting week in sleep and fitness, and I’ve summarized some of the most exciting topics out there this week. Don't forget to follow @lagoonsleep on Instagram for daily insights on how to optimize your sleep and fitness routine.
😰 Why you need more stress, and four keys to better sleep
Christopher Cook of the “Win Today” podcast had Dr. Ian Smith on to talk about why metabolic flexibility is crucial; taking your muscles to failure, why you need more stress on your body, and his four keys to better sleep. Spoiler alert - Dr. Smith practices reading (rather than scrolling) in bed, no food 2 hrs before bed, no screens 1 hour before bed, and using lavender.
🏃♀️7 ways to make morning running easier
Are you feeling like you’re in a slump or low on motivation to get out the door in the morning? Running Mag CA posted a bunch of helpful tips to make your morning runs easier. A couple that I’ve found helpful on their list include: avoiding the snooze button; laying out your clothes the night before; and knowing what workout you’ll be doing ahead of time. Are there any other tips you’re using that aren’t on the list? Let me know!
🎙️💤 Podcast and chill to help you fall asleep
This week Sleepopolis tackled the topic of using podcasts to fall asleep. According to Jeff Khan from Rise ““Listening to podcasts can be useful in falling asleep by relaxing you before bed and preventing anxious rumination that can delay sleep,” he explains. “The act of listening to a podcast can help to create a bedtime routine that signals to the body that it is time to sleep.” I’ve also found this to be true - as one of the athletes I’m currently coaching finds podcasts to be more helpful in falling asleep than pink or white noise. If you want to give it a try - go for a pod that’s easy listening (entertainment, comedy, etc.) rather than thrilling (true crime) or blood-boiling (politics).
🤔Has TikTok sleep advice gone too far?
In this viral TikTok video, creator Dani Schenone is advising those of us that are phone-obsessed to give into our craving… if it’s the only thing we can do to reward ourselves for waking up at the same time every day. I’m very curious to know if you think that this is a valid strategy for some people to try. I’ll be the first to say that allowing yourself 1 hour on your phone in your bed each morning maybe seems a wee bit excessive.
That's it for this week's sleep news highlights! Stay tuned for more exciting updates on optimizing your sleep and health, and remember to follow @lagoonsleep on Instagram for your daily dose.