Quality sleep is vital for your overall physical and mental health. What’s more, it can enhance your athletic performance. This is also true for badminton players. On the other hand, if your body and mind are deprived of getting the appropriate amount of rest, chances are that it will affect your badminton performance dramatically.
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IOC (that’s the International Olympic Committee) has developed a free “sleep to compete” course specifically for athletes. The well-structured, easy-to-follow course provides valuable insights you can use to improve your sleep. The course is authored by renowned experts including polysomnographic technologists – also known as sleep scientists 😉
It is free to join the course. Go here to read more about the sleep to compete course
This IOC program will help you recognize common sleep-related problems and provide you with tools and strategies to help you sleep better. Discover the benefits of restorative sleep to both your performance and overall well-being.
If you often travel long distances to participate in badminton tournaments, this course will be particularly helpful. You may have experienced how winding down on your first night at a new place can be difficult. The course provides you with tools to help you deal with such situations.
Interesting facts about improving sleep to increase performance effectiveness
– A Stanford study of men’s basketball players who extended their sleep to 10 hours a night found several positive outcomes. The players ran faster in both half-court and full-court sprints. Their shooting improved by at least 9% for both free throws and three-point shots. The athletes also reported improved physical and mental well-being.
– Another study showed Decreased accuracy. After sleep deprivation, male and female tennis players had decreased serve accuracy of up to 53% when compared to performance after normal sleep.
Get started on your road to improving your sleep, join the free IOC course here
Badminton Speak often recommends courses and other learning opportunities. All are relevant to badminton players. As a rule, these are genuine endorsements based on a thorough review of the material available.
This particular recommendation is for an IOC (International Olympic Committee) learning product. We generally find the quality of learning material and instructional videos from the IOC to be of exceptionally good quality.
Resources to help you improve performance
- The American Thoracic Society about sleep and performance (opens PDF)
- Research: the effect on athlete’s health and perceived training quality
- Effects of acute sleep loss on physical performance (study)