If you want to perform at the highest level and/or crush an upcoming sporting event, you have to put in the time.
You have to practice your craft, if you will, you have to cut out distractions, you have to get mentally and physically ready, etc. There are a lot of things an athlete has to do to prepare for the next big sporting event. Needless to say, this process is not for the faint of heart.
One crucial component of the process is something that many people might not remember to incorporate. What could that crucial component be, though? One word: Sleep.
If an athlete plans on performing at the highest level, then said athlete has to make sure he/she gets those eight hours in the night before a big event. In some cases, and depending on the person, it might be 10 or more hours. Of course, everyone is different, meaning everyone's sleep needs are different.
In hopes of getting this peaceful slumber in before a big sporting event takes place, we will be unleashing some techniques (habits, really) that should be followed if an athlete plans on getting a good night's rest.
How To Get A Good Night's Rest Before A Big Sporting Event
- First things first, get into the habit of going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning. Consistency is key in all professions.
- Steer clear of technology right before you go to bed. In fact, turning the TV off a couple of hours before you go to bed would not only be a great thing to do the night before a big sporting event, but it would also be a great habit to incorporate into the daily schedule. You need to prepare your mind and body for sleep. Watching TV is not a great stimulus for sleep.
- Prepare a comfortable sleep environment by dimming the lights (this little sign tells your brain that sleep is just around the corner) and making sure the temperature is comfortable. If your room is too hot, then that could affect your sleep schedule.
- Although this might be tough, especially when you are anxious for your big sporting event, try not to watch the clock at night.
- If you use your phone as your alarm clock and/or clock in general, then make sure notifications are silenced. Nowadays, you can activate a do not disturb mode on your phone. In this mode, things like calls and texts will be muted. If you are really bad about checking your phone, then don't sleep right next to it.
- This might be an obvious one, but don't drink coffee (or consume any types of caffeine) shortly before your bedtime. Caffeine consumption is fine during the day, but not right before you go to bed.
- Disconnect from the world. Listen to peaceful music or read a book, or do both at the same time.
- Try not to worry too much/overthink. Yes, the big sporting event is tomorrow, but you put in the hard work during your training. Now, the only thing left to do is show up and do exactly what you did during the training process. Put your mind at ease and don't overthink the situation.