Have you had a super busy week? Did you feel like you were not going to pull through the day without caps of coffee yesterday?
I read this article yesterday and I thought it worth sharing with you. In today’s increasingly fast pace of life any profession is trying to achieve more by doing more. But the Pro Athletes give preference to sleep to perform. We can learn a lot from their routine. Why? Keep on reading.
The San Jose Sharks hold the NHL’s road record for the 2015-2016 season, meaning they’ve won the most games away from home. If you ask their leadership team, the secret to that success is clear: They prioritize sleep.
How athletes benefit from extra sleep
While sleep is important for everyone, it may play a specific role for elite performers, Mah told The Huffington Post. “Sleep is particularly important for athletes striving to be at their peak performance, as sleep can impact cognitive and physical performance, as well as training, recovery and overall health.”
Some research has shown that even as little as one night of partial sleep deprivation can affect peak heart rate levels, plasma lactate concentrations and ratings of perceived exertion, which all affect exercise performance.
How to sleep like a pro-hockey player
Ahletes are just like the rest of us. Sleeplessness affects cognitive, fine motor skills and/or emotional factors in athletes — and in people who work a desk job. Here are three essential sleep tips straight from the San Jose Sharks’ playbook. Chances are, they’ll help anyone feel and perform better:
- Make sure you get enough hours of sleep every single night
Mah recommends 8 to 10 hours of sleep for her players, but the National Sleep recommends 7 to 9 for most adults.
- Follow a wind down routine
“A wind down routine is key for transitioning from the day to preparing for sleep,” Mah said. She recommends that the athletes she works with spend 20 to 30 minutes stretching or practicing yoga before hitting their sheets and use the time strategically to process their thoughts.
- Nap when needed
Naps are very commonplace for professional athletes, Mah said. Athletes often nap after practice, before games, on flights or during any down time they have. She added that many athletes find it easiest to nap in the afternoon because there is asleep dip in the circadian clock then.
In sports, you play for keeps.
You can’t afford to mess around, or take the slow road. Not when winning is on the line.
So, if you can find a faster way to get ahead in the real world…
You take it!
Shortcuts aren’t for the lazy, they’re for the smart. Short cuts are good.
(As long as they’re ethical, effective and safe to use of course.)
(You don’t want to do anything that leaves you
feeling dodgy, ya know?)
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