Sleep and sports performance
As most athletes know sleep is very important for their performance and yet most athletes still don’t get enough sleep. Sleep is the time when the battery is charged, so that you can go out there and perform or train at a high level day in and day out. Sleep is important for repairing the body, letting it heal and rest. It is also though very important for focus, controlling emotions, dealing with stress, refocus, time management and reaction time. If you think about it, when you don’t get a good amount of sleep you are tired, less focused, moody, your ability to manage your time decreases because it starts taking you longer to do something than it other wise would.
The problem is that most people are waiting for more time in their day in order to get more sleep, not realizing that in order to create more time they need the sleep. When you start getting better amounts of sleep you start to be more efficient with your time, you begin to focus more effectively. Most of the time it requires starting to get more sleep in order to be more efficient, and it doesn’t have to be hard. If you start adding small amounts of time to your sleep each night you can begin to get the benefits and slowly see how you become a better athlete and can manage your schedule. Like most things in life, quality is better than quantity, and when you sleep properly you have more quality to the things you are doing.
Sports performance also comes down to focus, refocus and dealing with stress. You need sleep in order to do all three, if you don’t then your skills for all three things goes down and so to will your performance. Watch the video below to find out more about sleep and sports performance.