Alex Davis Loves Sleep. And Why You Should Too!

Alex Davis, professional basketball star. Expert Sleeper

When you meet Alex for the first time, all you will remember is his energy. A smile from ear-to-ear or his playful energy with anyone he meets. So how does his have so much energy?! Sleep!

Alex is religious in making sure he has enough sleep every night so that he can give his best effort every day. And it's not just Alex who can benefit from sleep. You can too!

Getting enough sleep (8 hours a night) can help you function your best the next day. So here are 3 tips for making sure you get that much needed rest and have the energy to take on the day.

No Technology Before Bed

Our smartphone devices give off what scientists call 'Blue' light. This type of lighting can have an effect on our minds that tricks us into thinking it's day time, and not night time. Too much screen time before you go to bed can keep you up long after you have laid your head to rest. As a common rule, be sure to turn off all devices at least 30 minutes before turn off the lights to go to sleep.

Set a timer

We always associate an alarm with waking up. Why not set an alarm at night to let you know when it's time to go to bed?! Sometimes we get busy at night, whether we get caught up reading or watching TV and forget what time it is. Set an alarm for 30 minutes before you want to go to sleep as a reminder that it's time to get to bed!

Take Deep Breaths

Relaxation is always important to ensure you get to sleep on time and quickly. Try taking some deep breaths to calm your mind and body. With a slow inhale through your nose and a slow exhale through your mouth, you are telling your body to relax. Go ahead, give it a try!

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