In my lifetime I have seen more and more people become what a friend insightfully called amateur athletes. This is due to the impact of the public health campaign to get to us to recognise the importance of regular exercise to keep us healthy. This has led to more people going to the gym regularly taking part in all forms of sporting competitions.
I appreciate I am older than most of the clients who visit out clinic. But when I was growing up it was quite rare for people to go the gym or for adults to take part in sports-based competitions who were not professional athletes.
A recent review published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine concludes that sleep is an important determinant of health, wellbeing and performance in collegiate athletes, it is not always a priority for them. In addition sleep allows the body to repair itself which is crutial if you are working towards a fitness goal e.g. a triathalon or marathon or big hockey game etc
This made me wonder about the clients we see at the clinic, who are juggling demanding careers, personal fitness goals, busy social lives, families and sometimes living in environments that are not conducive to restorative sleep.
So, I wanted to leave you with a question, how much of a priority is sleep in your life?
Here is a reminder of some Sleep tipsReferencehttps://bjsm.bmj.com/content/53/12/731.full