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  • Sleep deprivation impairs performance an average of 11%

    Most endurance athletes know that getting adequate sleep is important to top performance in training and races. At the same time, many competitive age group athletes are juggling careers, families, volunteer obligations and perhaps extended family care. Add the hours up for responsibilities and what remains is the daily budget for exercise, eating and sleep. It is not uncommon for busy endurance athletes to dashboard dine. That is, eating while driving or while doing work at a desk. This practice of distracted eating can lead to consuming too many calories, but that is another discussion. In my experience, a high...

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  • Sleep is essential if you’re an athlete. Here’s one trick to help improve sleep quality.

    A couple of my athletes have had trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. When this problem is present the night before the race or the night after the race, I don’t worry too much about it. It’s a common problem. I get more worried if athletes cannot get quality sleep over the long haul. One very simple thing that has helped numerous athletes improve sleep quality is keeping a daily journal. One or two hours before bedtime I have them write down all the things that worry them. I don’t care how they do it – list form or paragraph...

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