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athlete such as a long-distance runner. An endurance athlete is going to have a much higher level of training simply due to the need for increased cardiovascular efficiency, but ultimately both styles of athletes will require different recovery needs through sleep. It is widely agreed upon by many trainers and athletes alike that sleep is the foundation of recovery and all other aspects of recovery revolve around that. Simply put – If athletes do not devote enough time to sleep, their ability to recover from their training suffers, and performance soon follows.
Football players, baseball players and any other sport that requires rigorous training find themselves very susceptible to the consequences of untreated sleep problems. Baseball players travel a lot which throws off their circadian rhythms due to jet lag. Going in and out of different time zones affects the amount and quality of sleep that they get. Football players suffer performance issues due to other reasons caused by sleep – most notably “sleep apnea”. A lot of the players are larger in stature and normally have neck sizes greater than 17-18” in diameter thus crowding their airways and narrowing their passage to breathe which affects their ability to maintain a patent airway during sleep. Once the airway size has been compromised the oxygen status also drops significantly and the body cannot function properly without the correct amount of oxygen in the system. This will ultimately disrupt sleep due to the body’s normal mechanisms that stimulate the patient to wake due to the fact it recognizes that the person is not breathing and oxygenating properly. This process can happen many times a night causing sleep to be very disruptive and non-refreshing.
All athletes, professional or amateur face many obstacles that prohibit them from performing.
Demanding schedules, school work, endorsement deals, families, practice schedules and the constant stress put on them by their coaches to maintain a level of excellence are just a few. One thing that stays consistent throughout the athletic arena that is most commonly overlooked is the concept of what a huge impact sleep can have on performance and results. The possibilities for peak performance are endless once these individuals are receiving the proper sleep they need.
Westmoreland Sleep Medicine can help you if you feel that you are suffering from a possible sleep disorder that is preventing you from performing up to your expectations as an athlete. We provide the most comprehensive testing procedures and facilities in the area, and we invite you to give us a call at
724-832-7632 and set up an appointment to meet with Dr. Jain to discuss your concerns further.
Athletes & Sleep
Sleep and athletic performance has now been found to link
significantly to one another. Athletes are asked to perform
consistently each day that they compete. This is sometimes
a daunting task in that to perform well, many aspects of
the athletes make-up must fall in place in order for them to
maintain the expectations set for them. One factor that seems to reappear during every study done on athletes and consistency in performance is “sleep” and how it affects the athlete if their sleep habits aren’t consistent and the amount of sleep that is required
is not being met.
When it comes to training for an athletic event, sleep regimens
become a standard part of the strategy. Research shows that
people who exercise usually sleep better, but in some situations, this is not the case with sports that involve extreme exertion. Elite athletes who train rigorously have been found to have sleep patterns that change through their cycle of training. The cycles of training and recovery through sleep ultimately depends on the sport. Training a power athlete such as a football players is a lot different than training an endurance