Sleep, as we now know, is the ultimate performance enhancer, and we all have access to it every night, right between the sheets.
Yet for many people, sleep is still regarded as optional, driven people can dispense with or at least minimize. Those who still think of sleep as a weakness or something unproductive is to look to a world that’s the ultimate in productivity.
To top athletes and teams, the secret about sleep is out of the bag and sprinting down the track toward the finish line. For them, not only is everything about what works, but what works and what doesn’t work is infinitely measurable.
The impact of sleep on physical and mental performance isn’t even a close call. That’s why more and more teams, beyond just paying attention to sleep, are bringing on sleep specialists.
How Much Sleep Do You Need?
Research shows that as little as 20 hours of sleep deprivation can have a negative impact on sports performance, particularly for power and skill sports.
Sleep experts recommend seven to nine hours of daily sleep for adults, and nine to 10 hours for adolescents and teens.
And if sleep works for athletes at this level, imagine what it can do for us. If performance at your job or in your life involves focus, attention, decision-making, productivity, creativity, resilience or learning, sleep can be just as effective as a performance enhancer in your life.