From pillow to podium: Understanding the importance of sleep for athletic performance Conference Paper uri icon


  • There is increasing recognition that sleep plays a significant role in performance and recovery of elite athletes Previous research has shown that athletes commonly experience sleep loss in the lead up to and following competition, and sleep impairments in the training setting, which could have significant impacts on their preparation, performance and recovery. This session investigates the physiological importance of sleep in athletes, current tools to monitor athletes’ sleep, the role of sleep on athletic performance, the prevalence of sleep disturbances and the potential mechanisms causing sleep disturbances, the role of napping and different interventional strategies to improve sleep.

publication date

  • 2018