Tips for boosting your energy ahead of the London Marathon
With thousands of runners heading to the Capital this Sunday to take part in the London Marathon, many will be getting an early night on Saturday to prepare.
As we know, getting a good night’s sleep is vital at any time, but especially before an important day – and they don’t come much more challenging than a 26 mile run.
Silentnight’s resident sleep expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, has spent years helping people to realign their sleep patterns – Premier League footballers included.
When we have such heavy, physical demands on the body, as footballers and marathon runners do, it’s crucial we allow ourselves time to relax and unwind. This helps to restore our energy levels, so that we’re able to reach our full potential.
How did Dr Nerina help footballers improve their energy levels?
However, Dr Nerina believes that sleep isn’t the only way we can get energy. We can also boost our levels through the food we eat, the exercise we get, the way we breathe, our relationships and the way we think.
She said: “The most important aspect of our energy probably comes from how we nourish our heart and spirit. Think of a time when you fell in love or were excited about a new job or project – you might have found you didn’t even need to sleep because you were so excited, and yet you felt fine the next day.
“When I’ve explained this to footballers, they have started to change their beliefs about sleep, and realised they would still be fine the next day. As attitudes change, so do relationships with sleep, and with footballers, they are able to sleep beautifully the night before a big game.”
Sleep can help you be a better athlete
The same also applies to those taking part in the London Marathon – it all stems from attitude.
Dr Nerina said: “We need to relax our attitude about sleep. Lots of people find that they wake up tired and lacking in energy, and this can sometimes be down to the quality of the sleep you’ve had the night before.
“If you have had a sleep that isn’t 100% restorative, you may wake up feeling stressed and anxious which can really deplete your energy levels.”
Here are Dr Nerina’s top three tips for reassurance when you’re struggling to drift off:
- It’s entirely normal to wake up during the night
- It is possible to sleep with your eyes open. You might actually be getting more sleep than you think (or measure) while you’re reading a book or watching TV
- Not sleeping well sometimes is perfectly normal
Practicing yoga to boost your energy
Dr Nerina is also a strong advocate of practicing yoga as a way to boost your energy levels, and recommends the ‘lion position’ in particular. You can read her expert yoga tips here.
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