Chances are you’ve carefully planned your training schedule to help you reach peak performance for your A race, whenever it comes in the season. You may also be working on a nutrition plan so that you are at your optimum weight… and all whilst working and juggling family commitments (and possibly study). For many people this means compromises. For me, it often results in less sleep… and this can have a detrimental effect on my triathlon performance.
So, is it worth training hard and eating right if I neglect my recovery time and don’t sleep enough?
A recent scare story (loosely based on a report using Australia’s well-known 45 and Up public health data) suggested that sleeping more than 9 hours a night could be detrimental to health
Sleeping more than nine hours a night – combined with sitting too much during the day and a lack of exercise – can be just as bad for you as smoking and drinking alcohol.
However, what wasn’t made clear was that this just referred to people who do under 2.5 hours of exercise a week – something that is unlikely to apply to triathletes.
Are you a superstar snoozer?
Infographic from: http://www.mattressnextday.co.uk/
If you want more information about sleep, you might enjoy this BBC site: Which five things ruin a good night’s sleep?