Optimise energy levels, maximise training!
Want to know the best way to optimise your energy levels for training? Prioritise sleep and keep a consistent wake-up schedule. That’s it! Let me discuss further…
The connection between energy and sleep
Your daily energy levels are a by-product of your sleep quality, which is determined by how optimised your sleep/wake cycle is.
Your body’s sleep/wake cycle is regulated by an internal body clock known as the circadian rhythm. It is primarily influenced by light/dark cycles and hormonal release. Like most rhythms, the circadian rhythm has an ideal set-point and is optimized through consistency.
Scheduling your wake up
Waking up at the same time every day is the best way to sync your circadian rhythm. If you consistently change your wake-up time through getting up earlier than normal or sleeping-in, you will disrupt your circadian rhythm, resulting in feeling tired, lethargic, and unable to fall asleep as easily later in the day.
So, keeping to a consistent wake-up schedule each day is the best way to optimise your energy levels.
Troubleshooting your sleep
What if you got to bed much later than usual and didn’t get enough sleep?
It’s best to still get up at your regular wake-up time, keep busy, then schedule a nap later in the day. Sticking to your consistent wake-up time even when tired ensures you don’t disrupt your optimal sleep/wake cycle, whilst a nap later in the day will help replenish your energy levels.