5 Sleep Habits Proven to Boost Performance

5 Sleep Habits Proven to Boost Performance

By Bri Groves, Swimming World College Intern.

Sleep is a popular area for athletes to see improvements in performance with relatively low effort. To examine the affects that increasing sleep can have on your swimming, check out this research.

In a study completed by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, researchers found that extending average sleep to 10 hours per day assisted Stanford swimmers in improving their 15-meter sprint times, reaction times, turn times and kick strokes. Athletes also reported qualitative improvements in alertness and mood.

The athletic performance of swimmers was assessed regularly after each scheduled swim practice. Following periods of sleep, the average athlete reacted 0.15 seconds quicker off the blocks, swam a 15-meter meter sprint 0.51 seconds faster, improved turn time by 0.10 seconds, and increased total kick cadence by 5.0 kicks.

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