Lack of sleep affects your body functions and athletic performance, while good night’s rest provides significant health benefits.
Different festivities may take their toll in more ways than you realise, as US researchers warn triathletes in particular that burning the candle at both ends and losing valuable sleep can result in nightmare performances.
A study from the University of Chicago’s School of Medicine reveals that when athletes experience a week of sleep restriction, the knock-on effects include altered glucose levels and deterioration of body functions.
Researchers compared the glucose reaction caused by sleep deprivation to that of ageing effects seen in elderly people. Runners also complained that training felt a lot harder when sleep was disrupted.
On the other hand, regular, ‘slow wave’ (deep) sleep was seen to boost the production of human growth hormone and strengthen immunity from sickness.
Experts suggest that eating a banana before bedtime improves sleep quality because its contents help relax body and brain.