Evidence Of The Importance Of Sleep To Top Class Sports Performance

We all know that we need a good night’s sleep to be healthy, but did you know that numerous pieces of research have proven that not getting enough quality sleep can hold you back from achieving peak sporting performance?

It has a lot to do with recovery. The body needs enough time spent in deep sleep to rebuild and repair the tissues. If it gets to complete this task each night without interruption, then your body is that little bit more prepared the next day for the next batch of training.

Getting quality sleep (not just duration of sleep) night after night can be your sporting secret weapon. Once you’re already at the top of your game, leveraging this silent power of sleep is the perfect competitive advantage.

Usain Bolt

“Sleep is extremely important to me – I need to rest and recover in order for the training I do to be absorbed by my body.”

Usain Bolt Sleep Quote






Roger Federer

“If I don’t sleep 11 to 12 hours a day, it’s not right.”

Roger Federer | Sleep

Michael Phelps

“Eat, sleep, and swim, that’s all I can do”

 Michael Phelps | Sleep

The secret power of optimal sleep for peak athletic performance

Most research focusing around sleep has investigated the effects of sleep deprivation on exercise performance.  Most studies that have looked at sleep deprivation and performance have found a number of changes in exercise performance.  There have been numerous studies done across many different sports. The evidence of sleeps part in optimum performance is extremely compelling.

Sleepora Sports Performance

Below are links to just a few of the many studies done across multiple sporting disciplines.

American Football
Football (Soccer)


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