How sleep affects your athletic performance

When it comes to athletic performance whether you are an elite athlete or a first timer in the gym, increasing your performance in the gym is always the goal.

One of the first things we think of that impacts athletic performance is nutrition. Whilst nutrition is very important and does have an immense impact on your performance, only having good nutrition isn't enough and won't have the same impact as adequate nutrition and an adequate sleep schedule.

Sleep deprivation or an inadequate sleep schedule is simply when someone is not getting enough sleep or enough quality sleep.

An adequate amount of sleep for adults is 7-8 hours a night and anything less than 6 hours may be considered sleep deprivation.

Sleep deprivation has been linked to various declines in athletic performance both physically and mentally.

When it comes to the mental aspects of athletic performance it is vital the athletes are able to think fast and completely focus and concentrate on the task at hand.

When they haven't had enough quality sleep their brain is not able to repair or consolidate memory, which can affect players decision making during a game.

Their focus and ability to have sharp reactions are also compromised which can be the difference between an athlete preventing an injury or them not being able to react in time to brace correctly resulting in a serious injury.

Physically the body will fatigue faster as well as your using more energy to concentrate and your body is working in overtime with a low battery, which can also result in injury and of course, poor performance.