Getting Plenty of Sleep can Improve Your Game

sleeping athlete

Although getting enough sleep may seem unrealistic at times, science shows that sleeping is the secret ingredient to improving athletic performance. However, in the busy  world we live in today, the activities we schedule can start to interfere with bedtime. After-school programs, homework, and let’s face it – video games- can all combine to make getting to bed early impossible.

For young athletes, your body grows and repairs itself while you sleep. More sleep means stronger muscles and better overall growth. That translates to better performance on the playing field. According to the National Sleep Foundation, athletes need from 9 to 10 hours of sleep every night. So if you are staying up past 11pm playing video games and snap-chatting, chances are that you’re not giving your body the sleep it needs.

Of course, athletics is not all physical, sports require quick thinking and reaction time. Mental sharpness and coordination are also improved by getting enough sleep. When you’re at practice, let alone a game, yawning and feeling groggy, you are not at your best. Wouldn’t it be better to feel sharp, refreshed, and strong? Make a commitment to your body and mind to be in bed by at least 9:00 p.m. You will see the benefits and your game will improve.

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