Getting at least eight hours of sleep is as vital as training and hydration in order to keep the body strong

By Nicole Ganglani | Photo by Doğukan Şahin/Unsplash

According to a study published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, there’s a new way to avoid injuries: getting enough sleep every day. The study points out that getting at least eight hours of sleep is as vital as training, nutrition and hydration in order to keep the body strong.

The researchers examined 95 endurance athletes (including runners, swimmers, cyclists and triathletes) and took note of their cardiorespiratory health, gastrointestinal and psychological complications in relation to their quality of sleep and daily training routine.

They found that those who had less than seven hours of sleep each night were prone to incur injuries. Those who sleep for less than seven hours end up having weaker muscles and less energy, thus affecting performance. Lack of sleep also weakens protein synthesis, muscle recovery, immune system function and the body’s inflammatory response, which could lead to injury.

It’s important for athletes to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep daily since it gives the body time to recover, conserve energy and at the same time rebuild lean muscles during training. Aside from physical performance, sleep also improves mental health and hormonal balance, which both play a huge role in any training regimen.

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