Are you an elite athlete near the top of your sport but you just can’t get to the top? You are training hard or harder than everyone else but it seems like there is a barrier you can’t break. Maybe it has nothing to do with your talent or training. Maybe it’s because you aren’t getting the same restful sleep that your competitors are. The difference between the best and the rest is a small margin. In the 2014 Winter Olympics, the difference between Gold and Silver in the women’s 30km cross country event was 2.6 seconds.
Did you know that 1 out of every 5 (20%) US Adults has some form of sleep apnea but most don’t know it or don’t want to admit they have it? Do you wake up with headaches or a pulse above 70? Do you wake up with weak hands or an upset stomach? These are signs that you may have sleep apnea. Maybe you don’t have severe sleep apnea but you snore. In a study of elite Canadian winter athletes, 47% indicated that they snored (http://www.centreforsleep.com/assets/images/pdf/CSS2009AthletePoster.pdf). Either way, less oxygen equals less energy and impaired brain function. Fatiguescience.com wrote a good article showing how sleep deprivation affects performance (http://fatiguescience.com/2013/09/03/infographic-why-athletes-should-make-sleep-a-priority-in-their-daily-training/). These were a few of the takeaways:
- After 4 days of restricted sleep, athletes maximum bench press drops 20lbs
- Sleep improves split-second decision making ability by 4.3%
- Lebron James gets 12 hours of sleep per night
Imagine what you could do with your talent and training combined with more energy and a sharper mind during competition. Don’t you want to be the best YOU can be. I used to have severe sleep apnea and cured myself after 2 years of research with a simple, one (1) minute exercise. Read my free eBook (http://wp.me/P5950Y-d) to see how I did it.
topics: elite athletes sleep apnea, elite athletes edge, elite athletes sleep disorder, elite athletes increase performance