It is no secret...Sleep plays a vital and often overlooked role in achieving peak athletic performance and recovering from training and injury. This post explores how sleep influences injury recovery and enhances athletic abilities. Optimizing your sleep can lead to quicker healing, improved muscle growth, and better cognitive function, giving you the edge you need.
Quality sleep is a key player in healing from injuries. During sleep, your body focuses on repairing damaged tissues and reducing chronic inflammation. Deep sleep triggers the release of growth hormones, aiding muscle growth and repair. Sleep also enhances cognitive function, reaction time, and decision-making, leading to better focus and coordination.
Neglecting sleep hinders recovery and performance. Inadequate sleep delays injury healing and increases injury risks due to impaired coordination and cognitive function. Poor sleep also limits muscle tissue growth and repair, impacting training progress and overall performance.
While every individual has different needs, most experts recommend 7-9 hours of uninterrupted quality sleep, with high-level athletes possibly requiring even more. Ensuring quality sleep includes limiting screen time 30-60 minutes before bed, sleeping on a clean and supportive mattress, and maintaining a cool, comfortable temperature in your bedroom.
Prioritize your sleep. Your body and your brain will thank you for it!
Dr. Conner Colosi is a physical therapist at Physical Dimensions.