Sporting activities could be pretty demanding for athletes at all levels. When you consider the hours of practice and the extent to which they strain their body, it can take a severe toll on their body. As a result, they end up with sprains, muscle tears, joint pains, etc. Yet, over the counter medication has not proved to be an effective means to recover well effectively.
Sleep is an integral part of our physiology as a species since it mediates an array of functions, including structural (e.g., muscle growth, protein synthesis) and biochemical (e.g., hormonal regulation, metabolism) processes.
Many of the world’s greatest athletes eat, sleep, breathe, and live for their sport. But did you know that in addition to physical conditioning and conscious eating, sleep plays a major role in athletic performance and competitive results? The quality and amount of sleep athletes get is often the key to winning. REM sleep in particular provides energy to both the brain and body. If sleep is cut short, the body doesn’t have time to repair memory, consolidate memory, and release hormones.