Rest and recovery are crucial aspects of any athlete's schedule, professional or otherwise. Here are some ways in which you can gain maximum results from tactical input.
Fatigue impacts on the body’s immune system, as well as reaction time and performance rate. Sleeping less than six hours can also increase the chance of injury. What to do? It’s simple - sleep more.
A weary athlete reacts slower to any developing game on the court, track or field, while even minor sleep deprivation delivers a decline in cognitive and motor performance levels.
Improved sleep periods provide the body with the necessary time to regenerate cells – aka protein synthesis – and recover from the exertion of matches and workouts. The result generates stronger muscle and better endurance.
The inability of the body to improve in time from health issues and sports-derived knocks can gradually wear down physical resilience. In turn, this can contribute to more time spent off the field than on.
A good night’s sleep lowers the chemicals associated with stress and strengthens human growth hormone – each of which expands performance rate and boosts recovery.
Lack of proper sleep adversely influences judgment, focus, logic, and purpose – it also has negative effects on decision-making, risk-taking, memory and moral thinking.
All of these are essential to athletes gaining a substantial competitive lead over their rivals. Sleep is the athlete’s secret weapon as well as a foundation of achievement and success.
Athletes who maintain a regular ‘sleep-wake’ pattern – that is, going to bed and waking up at the same times every day – have a marked edge over those who don’t.
Several weeks prior to sports events, nightly sleep (up to eight hours for an adult, nine or more hours for teens and young adults) should become an integral part of an athlete’s competitive strategy. If drowsiness sets in, do the best you can to take short-period naps during the day.
Sleep is instrumental for muscular recovery. You need the best mattress for the best results – and not just any mattress, but a high-quality product that is manufactured to optimum design specifications.
The Easca Mattress consists of three unified tiers of high-performance foam and has been scientifically developed to spread your weight evenly across all pressure points. This helps your muscles to recover regardless of whether your sleeping position is side, front or back.
The bottom tier is a 15cm support layer of high-density foam; the middle tier is 5cm of supportive foam (30% more breathable than traditional memory foam, with specialist open-air technology that boosts air flow); the top tier is 5cm of gel-infused cooling memory foam (which is exclusive to Easca).
Older mattresses – especially the conventional spring type – no longer offer the correct level of support for the athlete. Memory foam, however, relieves pressure points by contouring to your body. It does this by ‘sinking’ in where necessary while continuing to provide support where it is needed. Just what you want after a match, a power walk or workout!
Focus on your performance, and let the Easca Mattress look after the recovery.