Sleep is the new black and if more of us realized the importance of sleep as a precondition to performance, not to mention health, we would get a lot more done and feel a whole lot better doing it! This goes for everyone – active or inactive!
Many of the world’s greatest athletes eat, sleep, breathe, and live for their sport. But did you know that in addition to physical conditioning and conscious eating, sleep plays a major role in athletic performance and competitive results? The quality and amount of sleep athletes get is often the key to winning. REM sleep (rapid eye movement REM sleep is associated with dreaming), in particular provides energy to both the brain and body. If sleep is cut short, the body doesn’t have time to repair memory, consolidate memory, and release hormones….. this goes for all; athlete or not!
Losing as little as one and a half hours for just one night reduces daytime alertness by about one-third. Excessive daytime sleepiness impairs memory and the ability to think and process information. Sleep deprivation also leads to mood alterations, attention deficits, slower reaction times, and increased risk for accidents – Sleep is important!
The past years, Anna has worked with sleep and wearable technology in a professional perspective and have, among the many projects that she has been involved in, had a special affinity for athletes and improving their sleep. If you are Danish speaking you can get a little intro here
Sleep also plays an extremely important role in our family of five.
Getting enough sleep in your daily life can be a challenge – we know!
Let’s face it –electronics are a part of life in the 21 st century. Pros and cons to our increasing connectivity certainly exist; we are able to stay engaged with the world from the privacy of our own homes late into the evening. However, in doing so we are exposed to the light that our devices emit; and both mental activity and light exposure promote wakefulness. Living in our 24/7 society, there is a loss of the evening reduction in light that has traditionally cued our brains to “wind down” for sleep. More about that if you click here
If getting enough sleep in you daily life is a challenge, how does it look when you travel?!
Stay tuned and find out how much our sleep was affected the last time we were on the road! We collected data of our sleep and physical activity as we travelled through Denmark a couple of weeks back… and the finding are a very big eye opener!