A study conducted by the Stanford University Sleep Disorders Clinic and Research Laboratory indicated that sleep extension in athletes was associated with better performance.
According to the lead author of the study, Cheri Mah, M.S., many of the athletes who participated in the study realize for the first time the importance of sleep and how it impacts their performance during competitions.
“Traditionally, elite athletes dedicate numerous hours to daily practice, strength training, and conditioning as well as work closely with nutritionists in hopes of optimizing their athletic performance,” said Mah. “However, very little, if any, attention is focused on an athlete’s sleeping patterns and habits. While most athletes and coaching staff may believe that sleep is an important contributing factor in sports, many do not realize that optimal or peak performance can only occur when an athlete’s sleep and sleep habits are optimal.”
Results of the study available at ScienceDaily