Seeing the effects of poor sleep can aid in the promotion of positive sleep habits, as well as detect underlying sleep issues; before they impact an athlete’s health and on-field performance. Training, travel, stress, diet and other social factors have a big impact on athlete’s ability to get ample sleep. Below we listed out tips to truly sleep like an elite athlete.
Get a Bare Minimum Of 8 Hours Of Sleep
The body needs extra time to repair damaged muscles from working out.
Keep a Regular Sleep Schedule With The Same Waking & Sleeping Times
This helps the body know when to shut down, helping to fall asleep faster.
Have a Routine To Get Ready For Bed
This prepared the body to fall asleep swiftly and engage in normal circadian rhythm.
Optimize Your Sleep Environment
No bright lights, loud noises, or bad odors. Keep the temperature between 60-65 degrees.
Cut Out Alcohol and Caffeine Near Bed Time
Both substances can negatively impact circadian rhythm, where caffeine impedes the ability to start sleeping, and alcohol can affect patterns later in the night.
Short, brief naps that last 20-30 minutes can be incredibly useful to briefly boost performance.