SLEEP & ATHLETES

Can you imagine having a secret weapon that enhances performance from an activity that is free and you do every single day? Let me tell you about your ZZZ’s being your greatest ally!

DID YOU KNOW?

A great nights sleep plays a major role in how athletes perform and compete. It’s not just about the physical conditioning and conscious eating or about the amount of sleep, but also the quality and REM (rapid eye movement) which provides the energy to both the brain and body.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

A great nights sleep has the most incredible benefits in how we perform (and its not just in sport, it effects our work, education, relationships) here are the exciting areas on how sleep can impact our performance:

Improved reaction time/decision making
Better Accuracy Faster
Reduced injury rates and improved overall health and immunity
Focus, concentration, better memory
Muscle recovery
Glucose metabolism
IMAGINE……. having all of this from a good nights sleep!!!
HERE’S THE SCIENCE BIT……

When we sleep it allows our bodies to release the chemicals and hormones required for ultimate growth and repair for our whole body to be ready for the next training session or competition.
Sleep deprivation slows down your bodies ability to store glycogen which is required for giving you energy – why you feel tired and your stamina is reduced!
While we sleep our brains clear out all the gunk of the day that has built up from all the activity of using it – its why you can experience brain fog if you have not had a good night sleep because all the chemicals have not had time to be cleared.
Sleep deprivation increases your hormone cortisol which is the stress hormone so your body has to use more of its energy to work at reducing it.

TOP TIPS FOR A GREAT NIGHT SLEEP!!

Keep a regular sleep schedule and get 7 – 9 hours sleep – just as a top athlete needs to eat more, they also need to sleep more.
Avoid any stimulating activity at least 20 minuted before you sleep such as TV’s, phones etc – the blue light reduces the melatonin release that allows you to sleep.
Eat a healthy balanced diet
Create a restful environment that’s cool, dark and quiet
Getting a good night’s SLEEP is not just about hitting the pillow to awake to a new day, it is one of the key secret weapons to a great performance!!!

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