Focus On The Whole Team: Sleep Better

May 1st, 2018 | by Walt Whitfield
Focus On The Whole Team: Sleep Better

Sleep better, with the Spring semester coming to an end, the summer vacation looms. The buildings will be less crowded. The sports facilities will be empty. And although the campus will somewhat seem asleep, the athletic departments work will continue. Considering the upcoming vacation, here are a few tips to getting the sleep you need to keep the work going.

Stick to a Schedule

Trust the process! You hear this from many college coaches. The process is about completing the small things needed to succeed. Repeatedly. The expectation is that the process will lead to a high level of success. Trusting the process in part means you stick to a set schedule. When living a healthy life, your schedule needs to be set with your health in mind. Set your daily schedule with the proper hours of sleep. Give sleep a proper value in your schedule. Then stick to it.

Set a Sleep Alarm

In the college athletics arms race, a key build is the scoreboard. Bigger screen! Bigger sponsorship logos! Bigger numbers! Bigger clock! Who doesn’t love seeing the clock touch 0:00 during a big win. Also, who isn’t ready to hit the pillow after an accomplished day? Part of your schedule should include setting a sleep time. And with your mobile device, you can now set a sleep alarm. By setting a sleep alarm, you can put in motion a healthy routine when the alarm goes off. The key is to stick to your schedule no matter what is left to be done. 

Minimize Carbs at Supper

My favorite football play is the victory formation. The opponent has no chance of winning unless we do something that extends the game like a fumble or interception. So instead, the quarterback kneels and lets the clock run out. Eating carbs late at night is like fumbling the ball. Why extend your night by providing the energy source that your body needs to stay awake? Your goal is to end the game. Limit your sugar intake and don’t overeat so you are comfortable leading to bedtime.

Sleep is arguably the most important health habit of them all. To sleep better, set a schedule that values the proper amount of sleep and stick to that schedule. Use your phone to set a sleep time alarm and when you hear it go into a routine that works for you. Also, limit sugar intake late into the day to not give you unneeded energy that keeps you up.

Walt Whitfield About Walt Whitfield
Walter Whitfield is an employee wellness consultant and founder of Lavoro Workplace Wellness where he helps businesses improve their workplace through employee wellness strategies. He has worked with corporations like Chevron, BP, and Seadrill. Walter is a former college athlete for Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns where he competed in cross country and track, winning Sunbelt conference titles in the 3k Steeplechase and 5k. He is married, has 3 kids, and loves all things New Orleans Saints and Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns.

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