3 Reasons Why Sleep Matters to Sports Performance and Recovery

  • Posted on: Nov 28 2012
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When it comes to recovering from a training session, we all know the importance of cooling down, rehydrating and eating a high-quality meal. But, how often do we think about the importance of sleep in relation to sports performance and recovery? A vital part of recharging your body and mind, let’s take a moment to understand just how important quality rest can be to your athletic career.

Here are 3 Reasons Why Sleep Matters to Sports Performance and Recovery:

  1. Tissue repair. Intense training and physical activity breaks down muscle and other tissues in the body. And, when it comes to recovery and repair, adequate rest becomes absolutely essential. So, how does this work? Sleep triggers the body to release a chemical known as Human Growth Hormone or HGH. This vital hormone repairs damaged tissue by promoting cell reproduction and boosting protein synthesis. Since HGH is released primarily during “deep sleep,” we can begin to see why sleep duration is not only important, but sleep quality as well.
  2. Replenish energy stores. Adequate sleep also works to help athletes “recharge.” By replenishing energy stores in the brain, deep rest can sharpen judgment, increase alertness and improve overall reaction time. This can mean the difference between weak performance and peak performance on the field.
  3. Promotes healing. Intense training and sports injuries can often go hand-in-hand. For those who have sustained an acute injury or an overuse injury – as well as those who have recently undergone orthopedic surgery – sleep can become an essential part of the healing process. This can mean a shorter recovery time and the ability to get back into the game as quickly as possible.

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