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Tricks Athletes Use to Make Sleep a Priority

Seven sports stars who get plenty of zzz’s Whether you’re a serious athlete who competes in half or full marathons or just someone who likes to go for a walk or bike ride now and then, getting more sleep leads to better sports performance. And the more you train, the more shut-eye you’ll need. That’s because physical activity puts stress on your body, particularly on the muscles and the nervous system. Muscle repair and rebuilding happens when you’re snoozing, meaning you need more time to recoup. Check out what athletes do to keep their bodies in peak shape. Follow their lead! Catch Enough Winks. Since athletes need more sleep than average people, eight to 10 hours…

How Sleep Affects Athletes' Performance

Find out why snoozing more will keep you on top of your game. Improving your athletic performance may be as simple as hitting the sack earlier. Why? Just as athletes need more calories to fuel their bodies for their sport, they also need more shut-eye: Lots of physical activity puts more demand on muscles and tissues, and the body repairs itself during slumber. Sleep not only helps your body recover, it’s also a surefire performance booster. How much sleep you need exactly depends on your genes and how much physical activity you channel into your sport (most adults need seven to nine hours a night and athletes might improve their performance with up to…

Do Major League Sports Have Guidelines for Their Teams Around Sleep?

Helping professional athletes perform better by sleeping better When it comes to the care of pro sports players, sleep used to be treated like the neglected stepchild, often given little attention. In recent years, that’s been changing as top teams have taken steps to address sleep issues among their players. After all, the life of professional athletes typically includes intensive training regimens, rigorous playing schedules, and continuous travel (often across time zones)—a combination of factors that makes players susceptible to insufficient sleep or poor quality shut-eye. (Not surprisingly, excessive use of sleep medications is an increasingly recognized problem in the professional sports world.) Fatigue can take a toll on players’ performance on the field or…