Sleep is often referred to as a “performance enhancing drug”. Yes, it is that powerful! Believe it or not, getting the right amount of sleep is often times more important than getting in a strength or agility workout. Without the proper amount of rest, the work you do in the weight room, or on the field and slopes may be wasted.
- You’ll Be Faster: One study showed that athletes who got an extra two hours of sleep a night, boosted their speed by five percent. Optimal sleep means you’ll have faster reaction times – critical to ski racing!
- You’ll Increase Your Intensity: Athletes who get at least 9 hours of sleep a night are more likely to do higher intensity workouts, such as strength sessions. Who doesn’t want to have more energy and intensity on the hill and in the gym?!
- You’ll Train Your Brain: Training and competition can call for just as much mental strength as physical strength. Being well-rested also boosts your alertness and mood. Having that boost of mental energy and focus on the hill will make your training sessions much more productive.
- You’ll Boost Your Coordination: Sleep is vital for cementing recall linked to body movements. You can help your body better consolidate memories linked to motor skills simply by hitting the sack! No matter what sport you compete in, coordination is key!
- Less Injuries: A Scandinavian study found that sleeping more than 8 hours per night reduced the chance of injury by over 60% in adolescent athletes. Wow! In a sport like ski racing (or soccer and lacrosse) where injuries are common and can easily take you out of competition, this is critical information.
- Keep your room cool, quiet and dark (pile on the cozy blankets)
- Have a bedtime routine (practice relaxation/breathing exercises/gratitude)
- No screen time 30 minutes before going to bed (leave your phone outside your room on silent)
- Have a morning routine (include some movement- hmmm… burpees??! Or maybe just a nice stretch!)