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08/10/15

Top Tips for a Good Night's Sleep

For those of a more intellectual persuasion, let’s get down to bare bones of what sleep deprivation actually is and what you can do to start sleeping like a baby. The kind of baby your well meaning friends tell you about as you look on enviously as yours screams relentlessly till the early hours…

It doesn’t take a ‘brain surgeon’, no pun intended, to predict with progressive sleep loss, our behaviour becomes more much less complex and emotionally driven, with increasing tiredness, weakness, apathy and irritability.

The observed behavioural changes are often accompanied by physiological changes of the immune system, an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Adequate rest including good quality sleep forms an essential component to our ability to recover from training and adapt to the physical stressors of training. It helps us repair tissues, promotes healing and protects us from over training and injuries. Chronic sleep deprivation is one the primary influencers of physical performance, but an often neglected part of your training routine.

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