Our bodies need sleep to help recover from physical and mental stress accumulated during the day. Missing too much sleep has been shown to reduce cardiovascular function by 11% and impact brain function nearly twice as quickly. If an athlete is forgetting information given in a practice or isn’t making effective decisions during sport, chances are they aren’t getting enough sleep. Sleep also affects glucose metabolism which is the main energy source for athletes.
Tips that can help athletes get enough rest without impacting training:
- Include sleep in your training log
- Perform active recovery
- Include massage in your training
- Get adequate sleep
- Balance nutrition with training load
- Eat before exercise
- Eat for recovery
For more information on sleep and its physiological and psychological impacts please contact SIRC.
Reference: Underwood, John (2010). Sleep: Now Clearly a Predictor of Performance. Coaches PLAN du Coach, 17 (1), 31-34.