We are constantly talking about and leveraging our athlete development pyramid. Level 1 (the foundation) of the pyramid focuses on psychology, sleep, nutrition, mobility, flexibility, stability and strength. These seven attributes are critical and paramount as it relates to athlete performance. Today, we are going to focus on the sleep attribute of the foundation.
Danielle Pacheco of the Sleep Foundation recently wrote an editorial, How Much Sleep Do Student Athletes Need on sleep for athletes and her research yielded the following:
Consequences Of Lack Of Sleep
Factors That Negatively Influence Sleep Quality
Tips For Better Quality Sleep
The daily demands of high school, college and professional athletes challenges the prioritization of getting quality sleep. As a former professional athlete, I know that time blocking is the best way to ensure that you are getting enough quality sleep each day. At the end of the day, it comes down to how great you as an athlete want to be. Prioritizing faith, family, school, sports and sleep over social media, watching TV, etc could be the difference between you performing well enough to make varsity, earn that college scholarship or getting drafted in your sports professional league.
Prepare To Perform,