Fitness folks: there’s a new training method that can help you improve your speed, strength, and sharpness, and all it involves is laying still for eight hours. There are many top-level athletes that are now even hiring coaches specifically to teach them how to do this thing better. This powerful secret method? Sleep, and it’s not really all that new (or that secret)—in fact, we’ve been using this particular training method for millions and millions of years! The athletic benefits of sleep are just now happening to find an appreciation in the realm of sports. The great benefits of sleep aren’t just available to high-paid celebrity athletes with personal sleep coaches, though, because better sleep is possible for everyone. Here are just four of the most impactful benefits of consistent sleep for athletes like you—no matter what level you’re at—as well as a pointer on how you can start sleeping like the pros:
1. Sleep = more energy
It probably seems almost too obvious, but if you’re an athlete, the role of energy in your performance is always good to remember. Whenever your sleep is inadequate, and you’re feeling the weight of fatigue, you’re less likely to feel inspired enough to go to the gym; you’re also far less likely to give 100% when it comes time for practice. The longer you continue to be deprived of sleep, the more fatigued you’ll feel every day, as the effects of sleep deprivation only continue to build the longer the issue persists.
2. Making essential repairs
When you get a full night of sleep, you experience slow-wave sleep, otherwise known as deep sleep. During deep sleep, your body releases growth hormones which can heal the tissues of muscles that have been worn down by your previous day’s exercise. When you miss out on sleep, your body is missing out on much-needed repairs.
3. Helping you keep a healthy diet
Perhaps the most important factor in maintaining fitness over the course of a lifetime is keeping up a healthy diet. And, if you want to keep a healthy diet, you’re going to need a good night’s sleep. Your appetite is fueled by two hormones called leptin and ghrelin. Ghrelin tells your body when it should be hungry, while leptin signals to your body that you’ve eaten enough. A study at the University of Chicago found that operating on four or five hours of sleep decreased concentrations of leptin and increased levels of ghrelin, throwing them out of their proper balance—a clear sign that your body’s hunger has gone off the rails.
4. Keeping you sharp
A study with the Stanford men’s basketball team showed after letting the players sleep for an extended period of time, their free throw accuracy improved by 9% and they shaved an average of .7 seconds off of their sprint times (from 16.2 to 15.5 seconds).
Talk to a Sleep Coach
So how can you get the same improvements in your sleep as the pros? Well, by taking the same approach—getting in touch with a sleep coach. Although you don’t need to have the same high-level connections (or the same limitless budget) as celebrity athletes in order to have your very own Sleep Coach. Reverie®️ Sleep Coach™ offers you all the up-to-date knowledge and sleep expertise available to those in the big leagues, and ensures that you’ll sleep just like the winners. How does it work? We set you up with one of our Certified Sleep Coaches who will work with you like a personal trainer for your sleep, talking with you one-on-one and coming up with a customized plan for your sleep success based on the specific roadblocks you face when it comes to sleep. If this sounds like the boost you’ve been needing in order to improve your performance out on the field or the court, you should sign up for the Sleep Coach package of your choice today.
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