Train, rest, match, and then rest again. That’s what the weekly schedule of a professional athlete looks like. As the science behind training programs, dietetics, biomechanics and the ways of boosting concentration and bio-feedback improve, enabling athletes to make huge leaps forward regardless of the sport they practice, there’s one aspect that is attracting more and more attention: the sleep.
Essential to achieving mental and physical recovery, sleeping is a formidable factor in producing wellbeing and a core element in the routine of every successful athlete.
NBA’s battle for sleep
Tobias Harris is the man responsible for advocating a different lifestyle for NBA basketball stars who, having to play more than 80 games a year, are often forced to sleep on an airplane and to travel at night to reach the match venue. This causes a steady erosion of the quantity and quality of their sleep that has serious repercussions on the body and mind and that therefore negatively affects not only the show for spectators in the stands but also the very health of the players. After a few months, NBA players are apparently faced with the risk of excessively low testosterone levels, with consequences on their coordination, and an increased risk of injury.
Sleep and sports: a necessary binomial
If it’s a known fact that we all share the need to sleep, people who regularly engage in sports need a sleep regimen that is appropriate in terms of the number of hours and also the overall quality of their sleep. Impaired psychomotor skills, a progressive deterioration of muscle strength, an upset metabolism and heart problems are the long-term consequences of sleep deprivation, and for an athlete, they make all the difference between winning and losing a match and determine their proneness to injury. Simply put, those who don’t get enough sleep put their whole career at stake. Just a few months ago, we explored the relationship on our website between sleep and soccer, finding that the need to maintain its balance is just as essential. But the same holds true for basketball and volleyball players, boxers, swimmers, runners, and tennis players.
Sleep’s neuropsychological function
Sleeping helps to “clean-up” the brain. On one hand, the mind (i.e. our psyche) gets rid of useless memories and stores away important ones, elaborating the relationship between the conscious and the subconscious in dream. On the other, sleep helps the brain (i.e. the organ) purify itself of harmful toxins.
A sleeping aid: the right mattress for athletes
Relaxation techniques, a regular schedule, peace and quiet yes, but there’s also another essential factor in determining the quality of our sleep: the mattress. And we’ve developed one that is just right for athletes, designed specifically to stretch the back and ensure deep recovery.MagniStretch by Magniflex uses a patented system to ensure the vertebrae are properly spaced apart and thereby alleviates any muscle tension. Benefits that certified by both the University of Zaragoza and the American Chiropractic Association.
Resting after a match will never be the same again!