Sleep is one of things we cannot do without. Good sleep is imperative to an optimal functioning body, and a good night’s sleep is directly tied to key factors such as reaction time, mental alertness, muscular recovery and converting what you’ve recently learned into memory. This is why sleep is so important for sports men and women. I recently found an article explaining the lengths some NFL teams are going to in order to maximize their player’s performance. For teams that spend millions on sports science, recovery and rehab, I found it really interesting the lengths the teams go to, to improve performance on the field. Whether you are an elite sportsperson or just want to function at your best, this is great information to know. Continue reading to see what effect reduced sleep can have on your body and what to do about it.
If you have read my previous blog post, ‘7 tips for getting a great nights sleep’, hopefully you have tried a few of them and had good results. Tip 5 in that post was “Have a good bed and a good pillow”. I didn’t go into too much detail on the various types of pillows to use in that post so here it is. There are many different types of pillows out there and it can be quite daunting choosing the right one. In this post I want to discuss how your sleeping position can help you choose the best pillow size and then I will discuss how to go about choosing the best pillow for you.
Being the proud dad of our beautiful new baby, I am well aware of the effect reduced sleep can have on your mind and body. Good quality sleep is one of those important things we all need to function well. According to the National Sleep Foundation (in America), adults aged 18-64 should get around 7-9 hours sleep each night, while those aged 65 and older should aim for 7-8 hours sleep each night. Having reduced sleep can have negative effects on the body. What effect can reduced sleep have you may ask? Well I have found some recent research that shows what can happen. Continue reading to find out what the research showed, as well as 7 tips for getting a great nights sleep.
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