Sleep

To promote muscle recovery, it is very important to get enough sleep. Young adults and high school-aged people need about EIGHT to NINE hours every night

This vital mental and physical downtime is very effective recovery from athletics, academics, work and stress.  During sleep, the body uses foods you have eaten to repair and build muscles, balance your hormones, and provides your mind with a much-needed opportunity to reboot.

Good sleep allows us to maintain enthusiasm, prevent burnout, and maximize our performance levels.

Athletes may need more sleep – you know your body best!  If, after a hard workout day, you wake up feeling more fatigue than normal, you probably need to nix the pre-bed YouTube and gain an extra hour of sleep instead.  

Sleep improves reaction time.  Sleep deprivation is known to reduce reaction times significantly. Severe fatigue can reduce your reaction times by more than 300 percent, not to mention recovering from the mental and physical strain can take several days.

Sleep reduces injury rates.  A University of California study concluded that game-related injury rates were higher for students following a night of sleep fewer than six hours.  Another study looking at injury rates in high school athletes found that the amount of sleep a student got was the strongest predictor of injuries, even more so than the hours of practice.

Sleep improves motivation and judgement.  Sleep loss impairs judgement. Studies have shown that motivation, focus, memory, and learning are impaired by lack of sleep. Without sleep, the brain struggles to consolidate memory and absorb new knowledge. Fatigued athletes might become unmotivated to train, learn competitive strategies, and take unwise risks. Not what you want for your best season.