If you’re heading out sailing, you know that fatigue can take an enjoyable experience and make it a challenge. Battling sore muscles isn’t the way you want to spend your day, and it can make it harder to complete tasks to help keep you on course. However, there are ways to help fight fatigue before it happens, allowing you to spend a day on the water without feeling dragged down. To help you make the most of your day of sailing, here are some tips for keeping fatigue at bay.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Your first step for fighting fatigue actually starts the night before with a good night’s sleep. Failing to get enough sleep can leave you without the energy and motivation you need to make it through the day. You may experience periods of drowsiness, have trouble focusing, or even experience feelings of apathy when you should be having a good time.
On the night before your trip out on the water, plan for a full eight hours of sleep. This could mean getting to bed earlier than usual depending on when you need to get up to make it out on the water. You can also help yourself sleep more soundly by avoiding caffeine during the day before and by eating a healthy dinner.
Even mild dehydration can cause physical issues, including fatigue. It has the ability to affect your memory and reaction times as well as your general mood. Often, by the time you realize you are thirsty you are already a bit dehydrated. This means you have to be proactive about your fluid consumption to keep it from happening.
Start by making sure you pack enough water for the duration of your trip and bring extra if you know you are going to be exerting yourself physically or if the weather is particularly warm. Then, make sure to drink some water on a schedule, even if you aren’t feeling thirsty at the time. Always keep a water bottle by your side, and feel free to take a sip or two whenever it occurs to you to do so.
Compression wear has been shown to reduce fatigue in many cases, and it’s easy to use. Items like a compression shirt can be put on in the morning and worn the entire time you are sailing. In some cases, the compression garments can be worn alone, though some people prefer to wear them under traditional shirts or pants. In cases where a compression garment is a secondary layer, pay attention to the temperature while you are out on the water to make sure you don’t overheat. If you do find yourself getting a bit warm, you may need to remove your outer shirt and stick with just the compression wear.
You can choose to wear a single piece of compression wear, such as just the shirt, or multiple pieces depending on your needs. If you are going to be on your feet all day, then compression socks might be a great piece of clothing to add to help support you the entire time you are on the water.
By following the tips above, you can give yourself a better chance of fighting off fatigue before it starts. That way, you can enjoy a full day of sailing without some of the discomfort or tiredness that may otherwise come about.