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Sleep Is Important

posted Oct 11, 2013, 8:04 AM by Coach Florek   [ updated Oct 11, 2013, 8:04 AM ]
Serious athletes will do whatever they can to get better at their sport. That’s why they come early to practice and stay late, wear themselves out in the weightroom, and spend countless hours on their own in the gym or on the field, honing their skills to gain even the slightest edge against future opponents. It’s your job to help them realize that devoting more time to sleep isn’t being lazy or slacking off—it’s enlightened self-interest.

Luckily, the research suggests that a moderate sleep debt can be cured with just a few consecutive nights of prolonged sleep, and once athletes develop better sleep habits, the performance advantages should show themselves fairly quickly. Well-rested athletes may soon find they’re recovering faster after workouts, performing sport skills with greater accuracy and proficiency, enjoying improved cognitive and motor function, and feeling better all day long.