Sleep Restriction Harms Athletic Performance

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Get plenty of sleep so your athletic performance is top notch.
Air Date: 6/28/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: John Higgins, MD
John HigginsJohn P. Higgins, MD, MBA (Hons), MPHIL, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FACSM, FASNC, FSGC, is a sports cardiologist for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and the Harris Health System. His research interests include the effects of energy beverages on the body, and screening for underlying cardiovascular abnormalities in 12-year-olds (sixth graders), and steroid effects on the cardiovascular system.
Sleep Restriction Harms Athletic Performance
A recent study examined the performance of cyclists who were going on reduced sleep. One group had 8-10 hours sleep, while the other got only four hours of sleep per night.

Not surprisingly, the sleep deprived cyclists were exhausted sooner and had less power.

You need sleep. It affects concentration, learning, and performance of muscle fibers. Sufficient sleep can also help prevent chronic disease.

Muscle recovery, replacement, repair and rebuilding takes place when you are sleeping.

Get at least eight hours of sleep per night. Try to get 10 hours when you've put your body through a big workout. Train your body to expect sleep when you hit the sack.

Dr. John Higgins advises on how to be a top notch athlete with plenty of sleep.