You know that getting eight hours of sleep a night is good for you. But factor in a working day, a bit of training or riding, an hour or two travelling, an hour eating and changing, dashing around as the kids' taxi service, and a couple of hours of just being and - well, you do the maths. Struggling to make it add up?
The obvious way to cram more into your day is to snip off bits of the night. Earlier mornings, pushing lights-out later, and bingo, you're squashing everything in. But this might not be quite the brilliant solution you think it is.
Your mind is racing so you're tossing and turning half the night. Your legs feel like lead. You're drinking double espressos to get through the afternoon. And that big fat sugary doughnut suddenly looks like the best breakfast on earth. That'll be the fatigue setting in...
The latest research shows getting enough sleep is essential for optimum performance and that sleep deprivation plays with your mind as well as your body. So here's why hitting the hay is so important for hitting your race targets and what you can do to make sure you get enough vitamin Zzz.
Learn how to get a good night's sleep and you won't feel as tired during the day
Regular, good-quality sleep is essential for your body's physical repair process, but also for your mental health and agility, says Dr Guy Meadows, sleep and sports scientist, and cross-channel swimmer.
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