25 Jun How Much Sleep Should Athletes Get?
Training and healthy diets are just a couple of ways athletes prepare their bodies for competition. As researchers have learned more about what helps the body achieve maximum performance in recent years, getting enough sleep has been added to the list of things athletes should do to achieve maximum performance.
In a recent Huffington Post article, Dr. Mark Rosekind, a sleep specialist who helped Olympian Apolo Ohno and other Olympic athletes prep for the 2006 games in Torino, shared his secrets to helping athletes get a better night’s sleep. According to Dr. Rosekind, two factors play a key role in getting a good night’s sleep–environment and routine. Dr. Rosekind used items like blackout curtains, white noise machines, and dawn simulator alarm clocks to give training Olympians a proper sleep environment during their time at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. He also implemented nightly bedtime routines that included tasks like taking a bath, changing into pajamas, and reading a book in the hours before going to bed.
Even if you’re not an athlete, you can still benefit from a better night’s sleep. Check out more tips from Dr. Rosekind and other sleep experts in Huffington Post.
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