Is Sleep Deprivation Ruining your Health and Fitness?

It’s the New Year and no doubt like gazillions of others across the world, you will be setting your health and fitness intentions and making a vow that 2016 will be the year you achieve wash board abs! Well a few things you may want to consider before you start are the potential hurdles you might face that could put you off track. 
There are a few obvious factors that contribute to the failing of a good health and fitness plan:

  1. Alcohol
  2. Starving yourself 
  3. A heavy workload 
  4. Stress 
  5. Lack of sleep 

So, let’s talk about the latter. Sleep is important to us all, whether you are embarking on a new health and fitness regime or not. To be able to function to your best ability, a good night’s sleep is your best friend. But, if you suffer from insomnia, be it mild or more severe, you will know full well that getting a good night’s sleep may not be as black and white as it sounds. 
And you will also know the aftermath of a bad night (or a few bad nights) sleep, in that it more often than not results in poor food choices and lack of motivation when it comes to fitness. 
I for one am probably what you would call a light sleeper: I get up several times a night to go to the loo, I sometimes lay awake mulling over the day’s proceedings and write mental to-do-notes in my head. And when a sleepless night occurs, my good intentions tend to go out the window too, so trust me, I can totally sympathise with how this feels! 
I do however have a few little top tips to aid natural sleep: 

1. Be calm before bed: take a bath, smother yourself in your favourite body cream, read, dab some lavender oil on your skin, do whatever makes you relax. 
2. Be active in the day: exercise is proven to make you sleep better, but just being outdoors, in the fresh air, enjoying yourself and being generally active will most definitely help too. 
3. Switch off all devices: don’t take your work to bed with you, surf the net, or scroll through your phone before bed, it keeps your mind active. 
4. Meditate: So this one contradicts the above, as you will have to use your mobile, but it’s for a good cause! Sleep mediation or relaxation apps are a great way to zone out and send you into a deep state of relaxation. 
5. Magnesium: is a natural mineral that aids muscle relaxation and promotes good sleep. I have tried to take magnesium liquid which I did notice had some effect, but the most effective form I find is the Better You Magnesium Oil Spray. Apply generously to the soles of your feet just before bed and enjoy drifting off into a deep sleep. It honestly works! I just find that if you use it too often it’s not as effective. You can also try various other products from the Better You Magnesium range such as the body cream and the bath salts.