I’m an elite, I need sweet sleep!!
To be elite, they need sleep
There are many factors that can play into an elite student athlete not receiving adequate sleep, and when they are not getting a well-balanced sleep, they can begin to experience such things as a disrupted immune system, impaired cognitive performance, poor mood, disrupted glucose metabolism, and poor appetite.
An athlete should be obtaining around 7-9 hours sleep per night, and if training or competition is of a night, the athlete must be compensating the missed sleep with day naps of no more than an hour. This will ensure the athlete is able to continue to have maximum physical and mental awareness and function, continuing their education without falling asleep.
Good sleep hygiene is an absolute must If your elite athlete is going to college on a sports scholarship. Beginning a good sleep routine early at home, will prepare them for college where sleep will be a bit harder to achieve. There will be numerous sleep disturbances, and for an elite athlete, a balance between sleep, study, and sport is the only way they will continue to shine bright, and succeed!
Keeping a sleep diary is a fantastic way to monitor sleep patterns and work out the best routine for your athlete. A well balance sleep pattern will eliminate mood swings, help prevent depression, tension, confusion, and fatigue, and will help to increase mental and physical performance and ability.
Some strategies to achieve a sweet sleep can include, a dark and quiet bedroom, no television or screens in the bedroom, reading, no caffeine products, and not too much liquid before bed to avoid midnight toilet runs. Yes, I know this can be somewhat difficult to ask of your teenager, but we can show you how to approach your elite athlete and devise a sweet sleep plan.
At Promoting Elevating Athletes, we can help you work out the best sweet sleep strategies for your elite athlete and their successful sporting career. Our free 5 day training coming up in a few weeks will teach you all of this and more. Become a member today and you will receive a free sweet sleep PDF to help get you started on working out your athletes sleep patterns, and how they can be improved.
Join today to take advantage of our FREE 5 days to a successful scholarship pitch training blitz, and receive many great free resources, tools, and strategies to help your athlete grow, learn, and achieve success.
We hope to see you there. Until then, take care.