Ever have trouble falling asleep on time after a hard workout? That lack of sleep – even for a single night – could slow your recovery from athletic training, a new study reports (1).
Sleep for athletic performance is just as important as your training and nutritional program. Why? It’s because sleep is one of the strongest recovery mechanisms you have when it comes to intense training.
The two questions all athletes should ask themselves are, “How well and how long do I sleep every night?” Optimal performance and body composition may depend on it. Consistently missing just one hour of sleep can alter insulin sensitivity, body weight, and other important hormones involved in recovery (1-3). "Mild sleep restriction" is what scientists call missing just one hour out of a regular seven- to eight-hour sleep every night (1). In a study from the Department of Human Biology,