Athletes are the kind of people who need the most sleep but actually tend to get the least. Athletes tend to lead a busy life with practice from after school until eight sometimes and it can really have a lasting effect on their sleep patterns. Many don't get to bed until well after nine in some cases even after midnight. This is dangerous to their lifestyle because of how much they're exerting themselves during the day. Roger Federer, who is known as one of the best tennis players of all time, is known to get at least twelve hours of sleep a day! If he isn't above it's important for other athletes to know that they should get that much sleep too.
What Can Happen
There are plenty of side effects of not getting enough sleep so I'll list a few here for you to see.
- Raging headaches that can last for hours
- Dulled senses
- A general lack of strength
- Less motivation to get things done during the day
- Slower reflexes from stimuli
Why This is so Bad
All of these symptoms together lead to a generally weaker athlete. If you're planning on being a good athlete it's important to know that, sometimes, staying up to practice more can actually be worse than getting that hour of sleep you need. Many athletes will try too hard and can really burn themselves out. It's important to take everything in moderation and know that sometimes you just need to rest and get some sleep.
What You Can Do
There are a couple things you can do to make sure you're a healthier athlete. First, you need to make sure you get enough sleep. Second, it's important you get all the nutrients you need. Lastly, you need to get out there and play hard. Just sleeping isn't going to get you anywhere but neither will just practicing. It's important to take all three of these and balance them so you can be the best that you can be.
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