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Sleep is something I didn’t value or realize its true importance until I was in my twenties.

I used to be able to sleep whenever I wanted and be able to play at a high level the next day. Being young, you're able to get away with not being disciplined in having the right sleeping habits.

The older I have gotten, the more sleep has dramatically helped my overall basketball game. With more and more research being available now, sleep is considered the most important aspect of recovery for an athlete.

If there is one thing that allows my body to recover the most after strenuous practices and games, it is prioritizing sleep on a daily basis.

Here are some of the benefits that I have experienced since I have made getting at least 8+ hours of sleep a night.

Muscle Recovery

  • Having 8+ hours of sleep every night, allows my muscles to not only heal but also build in mass.

  • Icing and stretching are important to help recover after a game or practice, but getting quality sleep is the most important aspect to muscle recovery.

Memory Retention

  • Quality sleep allows me to better remember opponents' plays, tendencies, and my team's offensive playbook.

  • On the days when I do not get at least 8 hours of sleep, I have to work a little bit harder to stay focused during practices and retain new plays and sets.

Better Mood and Mental Health

  • It’s a funny cliche when people say “he’s crabby, he just needs a nap” but that statement does hold truth. Studies show that consistent quality sleep nights will help your overall happiness and mental health.

  • I have noticed a better mood when I wake up and start my days after a good night's sleep

Increased Energy

  • It probably sounds obvious to hear that sleep gives you energy. You’d be surprised how much an extra 1 or 2 hours of sleep every night will bring you more energy to your body and mind.

Lower Frequency of Injuries

  • Research shows that consistent quality nights of sleep are a huge benefactor in reducing injuries in athletes. The worst part of being an athlete for me is having to deal with injuries.

  • Knowing that sleep plays a big role in me being healthy on the basketball court, gives me all the motivation I need to prioritize sleep

I hope my experience helps you realize the importance of prioritizing sleep. It has been a game-changer in my life as a person and as an athlete.

If falling asleep or staying asleep is an issue for you, there are many tips and tricks that you can do to help calm your mind before bed.

There’s a lot of quality information online that gives great advice about people who struggle with variations of insomnia.

Make sleep a high priority in your life and it will produce great results for you!

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