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Sleep & Athletic Performance


Get good sleep! This is particularly important and challenging for athletes who have full schedules, an active social life, and often travel for games and competitions. Research suggests that sleep is a significant factor in achieving peak athletic and academic performance (Dement, 2004; Mah, 2007, 2009; Van Cauter, 2010). Getting an adequate amount of sleep leads to better performance, mood, and alertness for all types of athletes: faster sprint time, increased free-throws, increased energy and improved mood during practices and games, as well as a decreased level of fatigue (Mah, 2007, 2009).

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Tips for Good Sleep:

Darkened room
Cool room
Noise control
Comfortable bed
Alarm clock


Sleep Quiz
Test your Sleep IQ
Where are you on the
Stanford Sleepiness Scale?


Sleep May Be Athletes' Best Performance Booster

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