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Are You Getting Enough Sleep to Recover?

Posted: September 16, 2018

Sleeping is an aspect of recovery that has recently become more emphasized amongst athletes and non-athletes alike. As an athlete, the body is frequently put under great stress with training in order to improve performance in athletic competition. Therefore, proper rest and recovery is absolutely essential to an athlete’s performance.

 

Lack of sleep is known to cause difficulty in concentration, fogginess, irritability, lethargy, sluggishness etc. in the average person. This should emphasize that much more how important sleeping is for the high-performance athlete. Most athletes cannot afford to feel lethargic, low energy, and sluggish. Therefore, proper sleep is essential.

 

Proper sleep in this recovery process is a small, yet crucial aspect for athletes. Most professionals recommend a minimum average of 7-8 hours of sleep every night. While sleeping, the body actively repairs broken down muscle fibers as well as various injuries that may have occurred. It also is rebuilding energy stores that may have been drained in the previous day. The majority of recovery from the stress put on the body throughout the day is done while asleep. Furthermore, staying on a consistent sleeping schedule will improve mental and physical health as well.

 

Taylor Rowden is a Strength Coach at Compete Sports Performance and Rehab in Lake Forest, California. Taylor graduated from the Master's University with a degree in Kiniesiology with an emphasis on sports injury and exercise science.