Whether you are trying to crush your next big sporting event or business meeting, you have to get a good night's rest -- that's a must. Unfortunately, that's the one area where so many people tend to sacrifice in when they need to make up for lost time.
If you are an athlete, then there are certain things you should never do before going to bed. You know, if you plan on getting a good night's sleep, feeling refreshed in the morning and competing at your highest level.
In the spirit of that thinking, never do these things before going to sleep at night, athletes.
Things You Should Never Do Before Going To Bed If You're An Athlete
- Drink coffee, or any form of caffeine. If you actually want to get to sleep -- and stay asleep -- then you have to steer clear of caffeine later in the day, and especially at night.
- Try to overdo it the night before a big event. You have put in the training, but what's done is done. You can't win your race (or whatever it might be) the night before it. You can only go to sleep and get some much-needed rest.
- Spend all of your time on a computer, watching TV or using other forms of technology. A computer and TV are not stimuli for sleep. In fact, the opposite rings true. Instead of watching TV before going to bed, read a book, talk to your roommates or simply relax without a screen in front of your face.
- As a result of bright lights not being a stimulus for sleep, don't hang out in a room with bright lights shortly before going to bed.
- Go to sleep earlier than you normally do. The key to sleep success (and success in general) is to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. However, athletes sometimes need more sleep than normal if a big sporting event is on the horizon.
- Worry. What's done is done. You put in the training and the only thing left to do is show up and try your best. Worrying alone can keep you up at night. Try to solve all of your problems, or at least try to put a plan in place, before going to sleep.
While it might seem like athletes are machines from time to time, they are humans, which means they need just as much sleep as everyone else. In some cases, they might need more. Sleep is so important to your success -- it doesn't matter if you are trying to run a marathon or impress everyone at a big business meeting.