We want to invite you to join us for our week long series where we will explore the impact of sleep on your athletic performance. We will look at the role sleep plays in helping your muscles recover and boosting athletic performance, to the optimal sleep environment and the benefits of napping. To kick things off, we want to give you a general understanding of what is going on with your body as you sleep and how it can impact your athletic performance.
The impact of sleep on your athletic performance is often overloooked by athletes.
HOW SLEEP IMPACTS ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
Athletes will do pretty much anything in order to gain a competitive advantage over their competition. From 5 am workouts and training camps to ice baths and recovery shakes, athletes stop at nothing in order to reach their peak athletic performance. However, one often overlooked aspect of an athlete’s training routine, sleep, has a huge impact on performance.
Recently, scientists have examined the impact sleep has on athletic performance. With more data than ever, it’s becoming clearer just how important sleep is to achieving peak athletic performance. They examined everything from sleep’s impact on muscle recovery to injury rates and the benefits of napping.
To kick our week long series off, let’s examine sleep as whole to get a better understanding of what is going on with your body once you close our eyes.
Sleep can make all the difference in an athlete’s performance. It can be the key differentiator between whether an athlete wins, or whether they lose.
Sleep is a complex physiological and behavioral state which has two primary stages. These stages are rapid eye movement (REM) and non-REM (NREM). In order for you to wake up feeling rested, and get all of the benefits of a full night of sleep, such as the natural release of Human Growth Hormone (more on this later in our series), your body needs to cycle multiple times between these two states. Easy-peasy right? Unfortunately, it’s not so simple. Every time you wake up from a sleep disturbance, such as overheating, your partner moving around, or a loud noise, your body starts the sleep cycle all over again.
That’s why it is so important that athletes (and sleepers in general) do everything they can to reduce sleep disturbances. Such as taking control of their sleep environment, choosing the proper bedding, and having a set sleep routine.
Being told that sleep is important to your athletic performance is kind of like being told that lifting heavier weights will make you stronger. However, when armed with the knowledge of all the benefits a great night’s sleep has for your athletic performance, you will understand why a great night of sleep is just as important as your actual training sessions.
Join us tomorrow as we examine how a great night of sleep can help your body recover from training sessions and competitions!