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How More Sleep Can Boost Your Sports Performance

July 23, 2018


Sleep can make you a better athlete - here’s why

What do Usain Bolt, Roger Federer, Lindsey Vonn, Sarah Hughes and Lebron James have in common? They all sleep more than 8 hours per day and they consider it to be a part of their training regime. No kidding, these world-class athletes take their sleep seriously, and with good reason - sufficient rest allows them to perform to the utmost of their impressive ability.

When you train as extensively and intensively as these athletes do, your body requires sufficient rest to recover between bouts of exertion. But there’s more to it than just resting and conserving energy for that next bout of exercise - sufficient sleep is directly linked to improved sports performance. According to statistics generated by a well-known fatigue science platform, tennis players can boost their hitting accuracy by more than 40% by sleeping sufficient, while weight trainers' benching ability can drop by as much as 9 kg over the course of 4 consecutive days of interrupted or poor quality sleep. This is because sleep plays a vital role in everything from glucose metabolism and reactivity, to attention span, split-second decision making, alertness and reaction time.

Want to improve your own performance on and off the court, racing track or field? Here are a few top tips:

  • Maintain a regular sleep & wake schedule while you're training.
  • Ensure that you get a full night's rest before a big game, race or tournament.
  • Train and practice during the time of day that you are scheduled to compete, and then adjust your training load on your resultant recovery.
  • See if you can make time for a 30-minute nap ahead of your game, race or tournament.

DID YOU KNOW? You can tell if you’re sleep deprived by checking how long it takes you to fall asleep at night. The ideal length of time is between 10 and 15 minutes.  If you fall asleep any quicker, chances are you’ve been burning the candle at both ends and need some more shuteye to ensure proper concentration and performance throughout the day.

We make a point of keeping informed of the latest sleep science findings, so we may use this insight to provide sound advice on the purchase of our exceptional range of beds, mattresses and bedding. Keep an eye on the blog in coming weeks and months for more interesting, sleep-related info. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch if you have any questions regarding our wide selection of comfort-graded sleeping surfaces.


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