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WHAT ATHLETES NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SLEEP: A Research-Based Look at the Detrimental Effects of Sleep Deprivation and Beneficial Effects of Sleep Extension in Athletes
As important as training is the amount of rest and sleep an athlete gets! A good night of sleep enhances an athlete’s performance in many ways. Here, we discuss both the negative effects of sleep deprivation and the positive effects of sleep extension in athletes based on recent research studies.
The Detrimental Effects of Sleep Deprivation
While most adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep at night, athletes may need more because of the intensive exercise regimen they’re into. Inadequate sleep may be associated with negative health issues, which include:
The Beneficial Effects of Sleep Extension
Having an adequate amount of sleep offers a number of beneficial outcomes. People who are sleep deprived show improvements when given enough time to rest and sleep. Similarly, athletes who sleep adequately before competition are more likely to improve in terms of peak performance. Restoration of sleeping patterns and sleep extension in athletes has shown:
Based on the available research studies, athletes need two hours more of sleep, with a total of 9-hour sleep for elite athletes. Sleep is an essential element for overall peak performance, both physically and mentally. Especially for elite athletes, sleep should be a top priority and as important as training and nutrition.