Sleep with Coach Jose

Sleep with Coach Jose

Sleep with Coach Jose

There are certain factors in our lives that allow us to sustain an “athletic homeostasis” per se. For example: sleep, relationships, positive reactions to stress, nutrition, etc… The list goes on.

Today, we’ll touch on sleep. #zzzzz’s

 It is vital that we aim to get the adequate sleep our body needs for not only performance, but more importantly for our general health.

Poor sleep has been linked to number of adverse effects and metabolic diseases, including becoming pre-diabetic. This means impaired fasting glucose, or higher than normal levels of blood sugar.

In a sleep study conducted by doctors in Qazin, Iran [1], it was discovered that poor sleep quality was associated with 2.197 fold increase in risk of becoming pre-diabetic.

The amount of rest we often hear from doctors and wellness experts is to get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Good sleep can improve speed, accuracy, and reaction time in athletes. Since we are active athletes, that means we’re going to need more than the recommended amount of sleep.

In another study conducted on the Stanford University basketball team over several months [2], players added an average of almost 2 hours of sleep per night.

The results? Players increased their speed by 5%. Their free throws were 9% more accurate. They had faster reflexes and felt happier. Research consistently has shown similar benefits for football players and other athletes in broad range of sports.

While 8 hours is the base, there are instances you are going to need more than 8 hours. So listen to your body and get that amazing rest so that you can perform like the marvelous athlete you are!

1.Metabolic Diseases Research Center, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran
Tabriz Health Services Management Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.

2. Cheri Mah, MD, MS & William Dement, MD, PhD, Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic and Research Laboratory.