Improve Your Game By Getting More Sleep

Professional athletes usually recognize the value of a good night’s sleep and how a sleep problem can have a significant negative affect on their performance; however, even amateurs and weekend warrior types can significantly improve their games by getting regular, high quality sleep.

According to a study recently performed at the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic and Research Laboratory, a group of basketball players experienced less fatigue, increased concentration, and quicker reaction times.  A previous study also found that individuals who got less sleep also experienced impaired glucose metabolism, which negatively affects how the body stores and processes glucose, which in turn has a detrimental effect on their energy levels.

Most people realize that plenty of practice, good training, and proper nutrition are fundamental elements of a peak performance in any sport, but many athletes neglect to consider the importance of a good night’s sleep.  Even individuals who only play their chosen sport on weekends can benefit from a little extra sleep – and of course even amateurs want to turn in their best possible performance every time they step on the field, court, or course.

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