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Benefits of Sleep on Athletic Performance

Sleep impacts every aspect of your daily life. It’s easy to joke about how you “can’t function without coffee”, but the reality is that you’re doing more harm than you think. Your entire day could be impacted by poor sleep habits.

Sleep is good for your immune system.

  • Sleeping well helps your immune system function more efficiently
  • Antibodies and cells that fight infection are reduced when you don't get enough sleep

You’re more productive when you get more sleep.

  • Better sleep leads to better leadership and team engagement
  • A brain that’s well rested is better at problem solving, decision-making, memory and creativity
  • Proper sleep saves more than 2 weeks of lost productivity per year

You avoid injury by being alert.

  • By being alert, people face fewer errors and faster response time
  • Accident risk decreases by 70%
  • Sleep deprivation has a side effect of feeling drunk

The American College of Sports Medicine reports that in a study of 11 male subjects who completed a 30-min self-paced treadmill test, distance covered was decreased after sleep deprivation.

Overall speed and performance are impaired by a lack of sleep, but the consequences are particularly dramatic when looking at accuracy and reaction time. The American College of Sports Medicine noted that in a study of tennis players that got 5 hours of sleep in a single night, serving accuracy decreased up to 53% compared to after a normal night’s sleep.

And these examples only cover the ways sleep deprivation inhibits physical performance. However, mental aptitude can be just as important in sports.

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