Sleep is one of the most vital but overlooked aspects of health, and wellbeing of human life. Having sufficient sleep on a regular basis is crucial for supporting the physical and psychological demands of training and competition. So one can improve performance by simply getting more sleep.
Training and recovery are both important to compete successfully and getting the perfect balance is vital for performing at your best effort. Research suggests that increase sleep quality – and quantity – can lessen the risk of injuries and illness in athletes, enhancing health and improving performance.
A poor sleep is unlikely to put a negative impact on health and performance, however longer-lasting illed-sleep can increase daytime fatigue which resulted in a decline in motivation, concentration and immune system.
Everyone has different sleep needs – and there is no specific rules to be applied to everyone. However, athletes are recommended the amount of night-time sleep between seven to nine hours per night which is particularly true for those athletes with early morning training schedules.
Managing your sleep
External factors such as frequent international travel, stress, high social expectations, and intense training and severe competition can negatively influence on sleep schedules. It is crucial to keep track how much sleep you need in order to function at your best so that you know if you lack of sleep and can manage it effectively. Attempting to follow a set of generic suggestions can create pressure and worries around sleep, which is proved to be ineffective. Instead, try to get an amount of sleep that allows you to eliminate daytime fatigue and maximise the feelings of alertness and concentration.
Don’t miss our next article, in which we will introduce to you some of the best tips that you can apply to get better sleep. For now, sleep tight.