When we sleep, our bodies repair and adapt to the stresses of exercise, helping your cells to regenerate for the next training session. Subsequently, research shows that the more you sleep, the more this regeneration process will take place, enabling your athletic performance to improve.
During deep sleep, the Human Growth Hormone is released to help your body repair damaged tissue and build stronger muscles. If you have insufficient deep sleep, your body will fail to recover, making it harder to achieve your potential at your next running session.
As an athlete, it is important to be well hydrated but good hydration levels will also enable you to enjoy a good night’s sleep and speed up your recovery time. In general, we need to drink two to three litres of liquid each day. Your hydration levels are reflected in the colour of your urine, with pale yellow coloured urine indicating that you are within one percent of your optimal hydration level.
Did you know that getting an enough sleep may boost the weight loss benefits of athletes? A good night’s sleep will help to keep your hunger signals under control, making it easier for you to maintain a healthy weight.
Mental toughness is important for any athlete and sleep deprivation can have a negative impact when a runner train. Increased concentration enables you to focus on your pace and reduces your risk of injury from tripping over.
HOW TO ACHIEVE A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
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