Is This the Secret to Being a Great Athlete?

So what is it besides fab genetics, natural talent and a crazy drive to succeed that sets Olympians apart from the rest of us? What makes one Olympian or athlete inherently better than another who works and trains just as hard? The secret may be … sleep.

Yes, sleep.

In this pretty epic athletes and sleep infographic, you can see the science on how much sleep really does make a difference in everything from strength to timing to focus to endurance to speed. Here’s a little snippet:

sleep-infographic

Click here to see the full infographic, but it’s pretty darn compelling, huh? From the quotes to the stats to the graph of how much sleep the pros get (insert Tiger Woods joke here), it certainly goes to show that getting good sleep isn’t just a feel-good luxury, it’s a pretty powerful weapon when it comes to being your best. So take a cue from pros and get those zzz’s!

Now, who wants to go take a nap? Hey, it’s the name of your fitness! —Jenn



Comments

  1. Runner Shoes says

    I agree! Researchers have determined that if athletes get over the quantity of sleep sometimes suggested, they will be ready to improve their performance.

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