News Flash! According to a recent study published this month in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, there’s a new way to avoid injuries: getting enough hours of sleep everyday.
The study points out that getting at least eight hours of sleep is as vital as training, nutrition, and hydration in order to keep the body strong.
The researchers examined 95 endurance athletes (this includes the swimmer, runners, elite triathletes, and cyclists), taking note of their cardiorespiratory health, gastrointestinal and psychological struggles in relation to their quality of sleep and training routine daily.
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The researchers then found that athletes who had less than seven hours of sleep per night were prone to suffering from injuries. Those who sleep for less than seven hours end up having weaker muscles and less energy, thus affecting their performance. It is also to be noted that lack of sleep also weakens one’s protein synthesis, muscle recovery, immune system function and the body’s inflammatory response which then leads to injury.
The Importance of Sleep
It is important for every athlete to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep daily since it gives the body time to recover, conserve energy and at the same time build up lean muscles worked during training. Aside from physical performance, sleep also improves mental health and hormonal balance which play a huge role in one’s training regimen.
How many hours do you sleep on average daily?