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Get Physical With A Good Night's Sleep

September 30, 2012


Sleep is Good for Physical Performance

An interesting report by the American Better Sleep Council will have South African sportsmen and woman looking at their beds and sleep patterns with renewed interest. 

The findings in the report show that better sleep can translate onto both the sports field and everyday life as it improves physical performance. In fact according to the survey respondents who got 9 hours of sleep were more likely to engage in high intensity workouts such as cycling, swimming and running. It also went on to reveal that up to 70% of all people interviewed reported that they did not get enough sleep at night and were unable to perform at their best because of it. 

The lead author of the study, and head of Educational Studies at Oklahoma State University, had the following to say about the results

"Sleep deprivation impacts us physically, which can negatively affect our coordination, agility, mood and energy." He also added that "Research shows that sleep and athletics performance are related as sleeping better and longer leads to improvements in athletic performance, including faster sprint time, better endurance, lower heart rate, and even improved mood and higher levels of energy during a workout."

Keep an eye out for next week’s blog posts in which we go into more detail with the Better Sleep Council report. Including how a good night’s sleep impacts on performance and why a newer mattress leads to a more active lifestyle.  


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