It is widely accepted that regular training and proper nutrition are both crucial to the progress of an athlete. Equally as important, though sometimes overlooked, is the need for recovery time from strenuous workouts. Although we do not yet know everything there is to know about sleep, studies have shown that sleep is essential for cellular regeneration and repairing muscle damage incurred by exercise. We take a look at how sleep can directly impact on athletic performance;
A recent survey shows that a huge 43% of respondents failed to get at least 7 hours of sleep per day and at least 97% reported experiencing at least one of the nine “fatigue risk factors” associated with sleep deprivation.