There’s a lot of factors an athlete can control to optimize performance and recovery: nutrition, programming, supplementation. All this can be dialed, but if high-quality sleep is not there, almost none of the previous factors will even matter.
Why is quality sleep so Important? It’s a complex question, but to break is down to two simple answers from an athletic perspective:
How do we optimize sleep as a modern-day athlete? Some basic sleep habits:
Supplements: This is an area I’m slightly looser on, just due to the importance of sleep for athletes; keep in mind, sleep issues are almost always psychological in cause, and not a deficiency. Over the counter supplements like ZMA, GABA, and melatonin can all help normalize sleep—but are by no means essential, and needs vary from one athlete to another. Cover the above points first before even considering supplementation. Recommended (before bed!) reading: Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar and Survival by T.S Wiley.
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