By Steffani Ford – Eat Smart Nutrition Accredited Dietitian & Sports Dietitian
Why do we need sleep?
Sleep is a critical part of an athlete’s recovery because it has:
- Physiological and psychological benefits, such as assisting with muscle growth and repair.
- Positive effects on the brain, such as consolidating memories like new skills learnt during training.
Scientists do not have a definitive answer as to why we need sleep, but we do know that sporting performance is negatively affected by a lack of it. From recent research, we also know that a lack of sleep may have negative effects on your immune and endocrine systems, which could lead to illness and therefore impede training and recovery and performance in competition.Read more