When it comes to health, exercise and diet seem to dominate our conversations but there’s one vital thing that isn’t spoken about enough… sleep!
I attended the FitBit Heart Rate Hotel to experience a high intensity workout followed by a rather different sleep session (read all about it right here). With the latter run by leading sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, I came away with some very interesting tips on how to improve your sleep. Here’s how!
1. Eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up. Who knew?! Apparently this breaks the fast (obviously) but also helps to increase metabolism and melatonin levels, which helps us to have a better quality sleep.
2. Keep hydrated! Drinking the recommended 2litres of water per day helps to reduce nocturnal restlessness. Pass the water, please!
3. Cut back on caffeine. Seems quite obvious but did you know that caffeine isn’t just found in coffee? It’s in soft drinks, teas and even chocolate bars and ice creams! Dr Nerina recommends no caffeine after 3pm.
4. Withdraw from technology at least one hour before bed. Now this one for me is a toughy- I’m scrolling through Instagram in bed never mind putting it down one hour before. Dr Nerina recommends swapping the iPhone for a book when it’s getting close to bedtime.
5. Go to bed early- ideally before 10.30pm. Or at least be resting by this time. Rest qualifies as relaxing in bed or on the sofa, perhaps with a book. No energy should be sent out after this time.
You can see more from Dr Nerina right here. She explained how she won’t see clients again until they try these top tips. So if you want to improve your sleep, you now know where to start!
Earlier this week, FitBit invited me along to their Heart Rate Hotel to test out their brand new fitness wristband- the Alta HR. One of the main features of the new device, is it’s ability to monitor your sleep. With Sleep Stages (analysing light, deep and REM sleep), Sleep Insights and developed alongside a panel of leading sleep experts from a variety of highly regarded universities, you really can get a true read on how well you’re sleeping, including problem areas and how to improve the quality of your sleep.
No only this, but the Alta HR is now the World’s slimmest wristband and anybody interested in fashion as well as fitness, will be pleased to know that it has interchangeable bands to help you match with any outfit. You can choose from the Classic Fitness Bands at £19.99, the Luxe Leather Bands at £39.99 and the Luxe Metal Bracelet at £69.99. My personal favourites are the black classic for exercise and the silver metal band for when I’m out and about.
As part of the trial, a selection of fitness experts and influencers headed to central London’s FitBit Heart Rate Hotel to endure a HIIT workout with London Fitness Guy (James Stirling) and then lower our heart rates with a sleep session from sleep expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan.
I’ll be posting tips from DR Nerina Ramlakhan right here so keep an eye out!
We sweated it out and elevated our heart rates before winding down in a sleep haven- fully-equipped with beds, relaxing music and even our own pair of slippers! Of course we wore our fitness trackers throughout the entire session so were able to see the changes in our heart rates from stage to stage. The experience was extremely interesting, especially as the importance of sleep seems to be brushed over in today’s fitness industry. I’ll definitely be putting my Alta HR to the test to see how I sleep and where I need to make changes!
If you want to find out more about the new FitBit Alta HR or purchase your own then click right here.