Getting Better Sleep is Essential For Every Judo PlayerDon't be mislead, getting better sleep, will, enhance your performance, development and competitive play. Every Judoka at every level needs good sleep.
(This article is reprinted from the Judo Victoria January 2020 Newsletter)
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Tennis great, Serena Williams, told a UK publication that she usually sleeps well and enjoys going to bed early around 7 p.m. Sleep is essential in the preparation for, and the recovery from, training and competition.
A study in the journal SLEEP confirms the role of sleep in performance with results that show declines in split-second decision making following poor sleep.
It is becoming increasingly clear that adolescence (ages 12–18 yrs) is a period of development where sleep is particularly important. What is also becoming obvious is that many adolescents do not obtain the recommended amount of sleep.
Some research suggests that sleep deprivation increases levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Sleep deprivation has also been seen to decrease the production of glycogen and carbohydrates that are stored for energy use during physical activity.
In short, less sleep increases the possibility of fatigue, low energy, and poor focus at the competition time. It may also slow recovery post-game.