Get Ready. Get Set. Sleep.
Most of us use an alarm to wake up, but Mah suggests also using one to remind us to get ready for sleep. “Set a daily alarm on your phone to go off 30 minutes before you want to start your wind-down routine” she suggests. Dr. Mah’s recommended pre-bed routine for athletes includes light stretching or yoga. “A 20- to 30-minute wind-down helps you transition to sleep.”
Quality And Quantity
Most adults should net 7 hours of sleep per night, but high performers need even more time between the sheets. “For elite athletes, we recommend 8 – 10 hours every night,” Dr. Mah says. More than a time for dreaming up new plays, sleep is crucial for repairing muscle strain, reducing inflammation, relieving stress, and refreshing your brain so you’re sharp on the court and off.
Comfort Is Key
What you sleep on is just as important. “You should be comfortable on your bed without waking up with pain or discomfort,” Dr. Mah adds. If you are waking up to new aches and pains, we have our own recommendation: a Nectar mattress. The 4 layers of memory foams and a custom Tencel® cover work together to keep cool air circulating, weight evenly distributed, and your body supported in contoured comfort.
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