June 06, 2012
How much does sleep affect your athletic performance? Martin Rawls-Meehan explains the science behind getting enough rest.
How much do you think about how well you sleep? How important do you think sleep is to your CrossFit performance? What about your general health?
If you’re like most, you probably don’t think much about how well you sleep. All know they feel better when they sleep more, so you probably want to sleep well and are upset when you don’t sleep as much as you want.
But getting good sleep is more than just sleeping more, and it does a whole lot more for you than make you feel a little better during the day. Good sleep is one of the most important elements of health maintenance, as well as athletic performance and improvement.
Like the science of nutrition and exercise, sleep science has been undergoing a revolution over the last few decades. Researchers are now beginning to understand how sleep impacts our performance over the short term and long term.
Just how much can sleep impact you as an athlete?