Are you an athlete? Do you get enough sleep at night? Believe it or not, if you are an athlete and if you don't get the proper amount of sleep, your performance could be affected in a negative way.
Athletes ask a lot out of their bodies. The least they can do in return is put healthy food into their systems and let their bodies recharge via sleep. After all, sleep is essential when it comes to a person's body repairing. Therefore, if an athlete skips sleep, the body, in a sense, won't be given enough time to repair.
There are plenty of other ways sleep can affect an athlete's performance.
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According to sleep.org, sleep will make an athlete faster, it will increase an athlete's intensity, it will strengthen mental fortitude and it will help boost an athlete's coordination. Those are all very important ingredients to an athlete's success, wouldn't you agree?
In terms of how much sleep an athlete needs each and every night, well, that depends on the person. Some people need seven hours of sleep, others nine or 10.
Here's what sleep.org had to say about the matter:
"How much sleep you need exactly depends on your genes and how much physical activity you channel into your sport (most adults need seven to nine hours a night and athletes might improve their performance with up to 10 hours a night)."
And now, check out this gem from sleepfoundation.org:
"REM sleep in particular provides energy to both the brain and body. If sleep is cut short, the body doesn’t have time to repair memory, consolidate memory, and release hormones."
While the amount of sleep an athlete needs every night is still up for debate, getting the proper amount of sleep is not. Athletes, just like everyone else, need their sleep. Heck, if they are performing at the highest level, then they might need more sleep than usual, and certainly more than the typical person.
Even if you aren't an athlete, you should know how crucial sleep is. How many times have you not gotten enough sleep at night and then felt like a zombie in the morning? How many times did you not feel like doing anything in the morning because you simply couldn't stay focused and were completely out of it as a result of being sleep deprived? Now, can you imagine feeling that way and having to compete at the highest level from an athletic standpoint? Sounds brutal.
Sleep can lead to an athlete's brain and body feeling refreshed, two things that are absolutely essential when it comes to competing.
Get your sleep in, athletes. It's 100 percent essential to your success.
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