Sleep and Your Child Athlete
Janis B. Meredith of jbm thinks shares a great article on the importance of sleep and how it can help your athlete play better. Sports notables including Serena Williams talk about getting to bed early, and others encourage athletes to sleep a minimum of 6-8 hours per night, sleep an hour more during training, or even taking an afternoon nap.
Here’s a snap shot of what good sleep habits can improve for your athlete:
- Improve reaction time
- Ability to focus better
- May lessen injuries
- Could boost coordination
- Gives room for recovery
- Increase intensity
“Getting enough sleep is crucial for athletic performance,” says David Geier, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Charleston, SC. “Just as athletes need more calories than most people when they’re in training, they need more sleep, too. You’re pushing your body in practice, so you need more time to recover.”
Sharing your understanding of the value of good sleep habits with your child can reinforce sustainable and healthy sleeping patterns.