Thomp­son’s guide to a good night’s sleep

Athletics Weekly - - Expert Advice -

1. Try to eat an hour ear­lier than usual at din­ner. It will hope­fully bring on an ear­lier night.

2. Start the process to set­tle down early with less TV/phone use, so you can switch the mind off.

3. A short pod­cast in bed with the lights off can of­fer some mind re­lax­ation to drop off.

4. Don’t over nap. Yes they help and are es­sen­tial for some, but nap­ping for too long can throw off the im­por­tant evening sleep.

5. Be or­gan­ised. the stress of train­ing and the up­com­ing event can send your mind rac­ing be­fore it’s even started. By be­ing or­gan­ised you can park it all up and switch off you mind eas­ier at night.

6. If you’re not get­ting the sleep qual­ity you want, I would sug­gest get­ting to bed ear­lier rather than stay­ing in bed longer to get back into your rhythm. It will help you get into good habits and keep a rou­tine.

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